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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Southern District of Alabama

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, April 5, 2019

Selma Man Sentenced to Statutory Maximum on Firearms Charge

United States Attorney Richard W. Moore of the Southern District of Alabama announces that Jeffrey Bernard Harris, age 40, of Selma, Alabama, was sentenced to the statutory maximum sentence of 120 months this week after earlier pleading guilty to one count charging a violation of 18 USC Section 922(g)(1), Prohibited Person (felon) in Possession of a Firearm.   

According to court records, on August 9, 2017, at approximately 4:55p.m., officers of the Selma Police Department responded to Wrenwood Trailer Park near lot #20 in reference to a fight call with one subject armed.  The caller reported that Harris was beating a man with his fist and with a firearm. The assault victim was later a passenger in a vehicle that Harris fired into several times while the vehicle was leaving the trailer park.  

When officers arrived at the trailer park, Harris was still there, near the entrance.  Law enforcement interviewed several witnesses who recounted the beating Harris had inflicted, as well as the multiple rounds he fired.  One round struck the victim in the jaw, exiting through his nose. Other rounds fired by Harris struck the front windshield and rear fender of the vehicle the victim was in.  A tenant of the trailer park informed officers that she found a bullet lodged in the wall behind her refrigerator.   The firearm Harris used was a Taurus PT 24/7 Pro .45 caliber semi-automatic handgun.   

Prior to August 9, 2017, Harris had been convicted of two counts of Robbery, First Degree and, one count of Receiving Stolen Property, First Degree.

The Selma Police Department, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms investigated this case.

Updated April 5, 2019