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Lansing Man Sentenced In Federal Gun Case

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

          GRAND RAPIDS, MICHIGAN — U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Michigan Mark Totten today announced that 48-year-old Lansing resident, Tom Allen Manuel, was sentenced to 57 months for being a felon in possession of a firearm. On December 19, 2023, Manuel was charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm and possessing a firearm knowing it had an obliterated serial number.  Manuel pled guilty to the first charge on February 6, 2024. 

          “Mr. Manuel has a 30-year record of violent criminal behavior,” said U.S. Attorney Totten. “He has blatantly disregarded the law and repeatedly committed crimes while serving his sentence for past offenses. The people of Lansing deserve protection from such conduct, and my office is committed to working with our law enforcement partners to help keep our communities safe from violent offenders.”

          The grand jury charged Manuel with carrying a loaded pistol on October 27, 2023. At the time, he was a convicted felon. Manuel had an outstanding warrant for his arrest for violating bond on a pending armed robbery charge in Lansing Circuit Court. The District Court imposed a longer sentence than usual because Manuel has a 30-year criminal record for violent crime and the Court was concerned that he remained a danger to the community.

          “Accountability matters. Tom Manuel is a convicted serial violent offender who knowingly possessed an illegal firearm.” said ATF Detroit Special Agent in Charge James Deir. “Mr. Manuel is going to have a lot of free time to reflect on his consistent track record of illegal activity. Our community is a safer place today with Mr. Manuel off the streets.”

          This case was prosecuted by Assistant United Sates Attorney Timothy VerHey, and investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and Lansing Police Department.


Updated June 6, 2024

Firearms Offenses