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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Theodore Resident Sentenced to 42 Months for Being a Felon in Possession

United States Attorney Richard W. Moore of the Southern District of Alabama announces today that United States District Judge William H. Steele sentenced David Lee Wesley, 60, of Theodore, Alabama, to 42 months imprisonment.  The judge ordered that Wesley pay a $100 special assessment, undergo three years of supervised release after completing his prison term, and participate in drug and/or alcohol treatment as directed by the United States Probation Office. 

In December 2016, law enforcement officials learned that Wesley, aka “Bubba,” was allegedly selling crack cocaine from his home in Theodore.  On December 13, 2016, a confidential informant, acting under the supervision of law enforcement officials, purchased roughly one gram of crack cocaine from Wesley at his home.  On December 16, 2016, Mobile County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Ronald Moody obtained a state warrant to search the premises.  On December 21, 2016, government agents executed the warrant at Wesley’s home and found, among other items, a .38 Ultra Lite Special Revolver loaded with five rounds of live ammunition, a single shot Stevens Model Number 940 B shotgun, a Marlin .22-caliber rifle with one magazine and one live round, and one silver pipe with suspected crack cocaine.  Law enforcement officials Mirandized Wesley, who admitted that he possessed the firearms.  Wesley has several prior felony convictions, which prohibit him from knowingly possessing any firearms or ammunition.   

In February 2017, a federal grand jury for the Southern District of Alabama charged Wesley with being a felon in possession.  On June 29, 2017, Wesley pleaded guilty to the offense before Judge Steele. 

The Mobile County Sheriff’s Office and the Federal Bureau of Investigation investigated the case.  Assistant United States Attorneys Maria Murphy and Sinan Kalayoglu prosecuted the case.

Updated October 11, 2017