Convicted Felon Pleads Guilty to Gun Charge

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – A convicted felon pleaded guilty today for being a felon in possession of  a firearm, announced U.S. Attorney Prim F. Escalona and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives Acting Special Agent in Charge Mickey French.

Shane Kirby Green, 48, of Fairfield, pleaded guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm before U.S. District Judge Karon O. Bowdre. 

According to the plea agreement, on July 1, 2020, Jefferson County Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to a gas station in Birmingham on a complaint of a person with a gun. Upon arrival, deputies saw Green standing at a gas pump talking to two other individuals. The deputies asked Green to walk over to them, but he refused.  Green initially fled from deputies, but was  caught after he tripped over a curb.  Green was uncooperative with deputies when they were trying to handcuff him. During the arrest, deputies saw a gun in Green’s jacket pocket. Green tried to get the gun out of his pocket, but a deputy was able to get the gun, a Rossi .38 caliber revolver, first.  

Under federal law, it is illegal for anyone who has been convicted of a felony to be in possession of any firearm or ammunition. Green has 12 prior felony convictions, including receiving stolen property, several instances of unlawful possession of marijuana, criminal possession of forged instrument, promoting prison contraband, unlawful possession of controlled substance by fraud, and several instances of unlawful possession of controlled substance.

Green faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison for being a felon in possession of a firearm.  

This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), the centerpiece of the Department of Justice’s violent crime reduction efforts.  PSN is an evidence-based program proven to be effective at reducing violent crime.  Through PSN, a broad spectrum of stakeholders work together to identify the most pressing violent crime problems in the community and develop comprehensive solutions to address them.  As part of this strategy, PSN focuses enforcement efforts on the most violent offenders and partners with locally based prevention and reentry programs for lasting reductions in crime. 

The ATF investigated the case, along with the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office. Assistant U.S. Attorney Kristy Peoples is prosecuting the case.

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