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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, June 8, 2020

Thomasville Felon Sentenced to Three Years in Prison for Possessing a Firearm

Richard W. Moore, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Alabama, announces that Gerarde Rodiquez Madison (36 years old, of Thomasville, Alabama) has been sentenced to three years in prison following his guilty plea to possessing a firearm after having been convicted of a felony offense.

As part of his plea agreement, Madison admitted the following facts about this case:

On August 16, 2019, Thomasville Police Department was operating a sobriety checkpoint on Old Highway 43 in Thomasville.  Just before midnight, a driver later identified as Madison was stopped at the checkpoint.  When Madison rolled down his window, officers manning the checkpoint could smell the odor of marijuana emanating from the vehicle, and the officers could see what appeared to be marijuana in plain view.   Thereafter, Madison was arrested on state marijuana possession charges.

Following his arrest, a search was done of Madison’s vehicle.  Officers found a loaded Croatian-made handgun and ammunition in the vehicle.   Prior to his possessing this handgun, Madison had two prior convictions for First Degree Possession of Marijuana, both in Clark County. 

Madison admitted that he knowingly possessed the gun and that he knew such possession was prohibited due to his past felony convictions.  Madison also agreed to the forfeiture of the firearm.

U.S. District Court Judge Terry Moorer sentenced Madison to 36 months in federal prison, to be followed by three years of supervised release. 

This case was investigated by FBI-Mobile and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Christopher Bodnar.

Updated June 8, 2020