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Selma Jury Convicts Man for Illegal Possession of a Firearm

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Southern District of Alabama

United States Attorney Richard W. Moore of the Southern District of Alabama announced that a jury at the federal courthouse in Selma, Alabama convicted Jessie James Turner, Jr. of being a Felon in Possession of a Firearm, in violation of Title 18 USC Section 922 (g)(1), on November 14, 2019, after a three day trial. United States District Court Judge Terry F. Moorer presided over the trial. According to testimony at the trial, the case arose after Turner started firing through walls of his apartment and the Selma Police Department was called to the scene. Turner was found in possession of two AR-15 assault rifles and a .40 caliber handgun. Under federal law, Turner is prohibited from possession firearms or ammunition as a result of his previous felony convictions. The jury acquitted Turner of being in possession of a stolen firearm in violation of Title 18 USC Section 922 (j).

The case was tried by Assistant United States Attorney (AUSA) Kasee S. Heisterhagen with the assistance of AUSA George F. May, Deputy Criminal Chief. The case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Selma Police Department. Turner’s sentencing was set by Judge Moorer for February 27, 2020.

Updated November 21, 2019