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Convicted Felon Sent Back To Prison For Possessing Stolen Mail And A Stolen Firearm

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Western District of Michigan

Immanuel Bradley received consecutive sentences because of his long criminal record

          GRAND RAPIDS, MICHIGAN — Immanuel Bradley, 33, of Kalamazoo, Michigan was sentenced to a total of 78 months’ imprisonment for possession of stolen mail and being a felon in possession of a firearm, U.S. Attorney Andrew Birge announced today. The Hon. Paul Maloney, U.S. District Court Judge, sentenced Bradley above the guideline range due to his long history of recidivism, and ran the sentences for his two offenses consecutively in the interest of public safety.

          In October, 2018, Kalamazoo police were dispatched to the location of a reported stolen car. They found Bradley with a backpack full of stolen mail, including checkbooks and other financial instruments. Police obtained a search warrant for Bradley’s residence, and found a garbage bag full of similar items, including stolen checks, driver’s licenses, passports, social security cards and credit cards. They also recovered a loaded .223 caliber magazine for an AR-15 style semiautomatic assault rifle.

          In February 2019, Kalamazoo police responded to a shoplifting complaint at a D&W grocery store in the city. When they apprehended Bradley, he hid a loaded Smith & Wesson, .40 caliber semiautomatic pistol in a display basket by the checkout aisles. He fought with officers when they attempted to handcuff him, and escaped from the store with police in hot pursuit. Bradley forced his way into the occupied home of a nearby woman, who fled and alerted police. After a standoff with the Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety’s SWAT team, he was arrested without further incident. Police retrieved the pistol from the store and determined it had been stolen from a Portage residence in January 2019.

          At sentencing, Bradley denied the pistol was stolen, claiming he bought it from the registered owner. After the owner and her fiancé refuted his claim in sworn testimony, Judge Maloney denied Bradley credit for acceptance of responsibility. The Judge noted Bradley’s long history of serious criminal convictions, including other breaking and entering and home invasion offenses. He also noted Bradley had repeatedly violated parole in the past, and committed his most recent crimes only a few months after getting off state supervision for his last conviction.

          This case was investigated by the U.S. Postal Inspection Service; the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; and the Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety.


Updated July 23, 2019

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