Alabama – United States Attorney Richard W. Moore of the Southern District of Alabama announces the guilty plea and sentence of defendant Gregory Carl Kent for unlawfully possessing a firearm in violation of 18 United States Code 922(g)(1). Kent pled guilty to being a prohibited person in possession of a firearm in the United States District Court on June 18, 2018, before Senior Judge Callie V.S. Granade. On October 31, 2018, Senior Judge Granade sentenced the defendant to five (5) years probation and ordered him to undergo a mental health evaluation.
As part of his guilty plea, Kent admitted that he made threatening statements while his brother was visiting Kent and their mother at their residence in Irvington, Alabama. When his brother asked if Kent intended to harm him, Kent answered in the affirmative. Kent’s brother then left the residence and returned to his home in Grand Bay, Alabama. Later that same day, Kent drove to his brother’s home to further taunt him by creating a disturbance in the front yard. At that time, Kent’s brother observed Kent holding a rifle. The police were subsequently called to the residence.
Deputies from the Mobile County Sheriff’s Office arrived in time to catch Kent attempting to flee the scene. Deputies were able to recover a loaded .22 caliber pistol on the front driver’s seat of Kent’s vehicle. When deputies discovered Kent was a convicted felon, they contacted the Mobile Field Division of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
Kent had previously been convicted of Possessing Controlled Substances in September 2011 in Mobile County Circuit Court and could not lawfully be in possession of any firearms since that date.
The Mobile County Sherriff’s Office and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Mobile Field Division investigated this case. Assistant United States Attorney Christopher Baugh prosecuted the case for the Southern District of Alabama.
SOURCE: news provided by JUSTICE.GOV on Friday, November 9, 2018.