Birmingham man convicted of illegal possession of firearm

According to staff reports from The Tribune

BIRMINGHAM — A federal judge this week sentenced a convicted felon on three counts of unlawful possession of a firearm, U.S. Attorney Prim F. Escalona, ​​the special agent in charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, announced. Johnnie Sharp, Jr., and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms Special Agent in Charge Mickey French.

U.S. District Court Judge Madeline Hughes Haikala Sentenced Demarcus Marshall, 27, to 120 months in prison. Marshall pleaded guilty to the charges in January. According to the plea agreement, Marshall illegally possessed a firearm three times.

On September 9, 2020, Birmingham police responded to a domestic call where Marshall’s girlfriend was the victim. When officers arrived, they recovered a loaded Taurus 9mm pistol from Marshall.

On September 30, 2020, a Homewood police officer conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle in which Marshall was a passenger and observed Marshall holding a gun. Officers recovered a Taurus .40 caliber pistol loaded with seven rounds. Officers also recovered a Springfield Armory 9mm pistol from the front passenger’s glove compartment loaded with 18 rounds. They also recovered loose rounds of ammunition throughout the vehicle.

On June 22, 2021, Marshall approached a woman and assaulted her by punching her in the face with his fist and throwing her to the ground. The woman walked away from Marshall and got into his car. As she drove away, Marshall chased the car and fired two shots from a handgun at the vehicle. No one was hit by the bullets. A Birmingham police officer recovered a .40 caliber casing from the ground near where Marshall had fired. Later that day, Jefferson County Sheriff’s officers initiated a traffic stop on a vehicle with four occupants. Marshall was in the back seat, and when officers approached, Marshall was trying to conceal a gun under the driver’s seat of the vehicle. Officers ordered him to stop moving, but he did not comply until he completely concealed the object. Officers recovered a Smith & Wesson .40 caliber pistol, a digital scale and various controlled substances.

“To reduce the gun violence that occurs in our communities, we partner with other law enforcement agencies to arrest and prosecute those who consistently violate federal gun laws and commit acts of violence” , U.S. Attorney Escalona said. “We are grateful for the coordinated work of our federal, state and local partners to bring this offender to justice.”

“The ATF recognizes that we are most successful when we work with our state, local and federal partners. Our ability to protect American families increases through the implementation of a comprehensive strategy to reduce violent crime. We will continue to focus our efforts on reducing violent crime and holding accountable those who continually cause harm in the community,” said ATF Special Agent in Charge Mickey French.

“As the FBI investigates a host of crimes, fighting violent crime and being effective partners with state and local law enforcement is at the core of who we are, and we will continue to work hand-in-hand with our partners in the fight against violent crime. “said FBI Special Agent in Charge Johnnie Sharp, Jr.

This case is part of the U.S. Attorney’s Office’s Safe Families Initiative, which was launched in October 2020. Operation Safe Families focuses on addressing domestic violence in the Northern District of Alabama. Each year, offenders with a history of domestic violence commit more than half of all homicides committed in Jefferson County. Through Operation Safe Families, the U.S. Attorney’s Office works with federal, state, and local law enforcement to use federal gun laws to combat domestic violence.

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