Selma Felon Sentenced for Illegally Possessing Converted Machinegun

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MOBILE, AL – A Selma man was sentenced to seven years in prison for being a convicted felon in illegal possession of a pistol equipped with a machinegun-conversion device.

According to court documents, Danny Jermaine Walker, 32, was arrested in August 2019 after leading Selma police on a high-speed chase on U.S. Highway 80 East. Police had clocked Walker’s car traveling 98 mph in a 55-mph zone. Officers attempted to pull Walker over for speeding, but he refused to stop. During the ensuing chase, Walker swerved and sideswiped another car, causing it to crash. Walker eventually stopped his car and officers approached to arrest him. Walker appeared to be under the influence, was slow to obey verbal commands, and did not get out of his car when ordered to do so. Officers eventually pulled Walker out of the car and took him into custody.

On the driver’s-side floorboard of Walker’s car, officers recovered a loaded Glock pistol equipped with an extended magazine and a machinegun-conversion device called a Glock “switch.” Police also found a clear bag containing 29.8 grams of suspected ecstasy pills and a box of .40-caliber ammunition in the car. Federal agents test-fired the pistol and determined that with the “switch” installed, the pistol was an illegal automatic machinegun under federal law.

Walker was previously convicted of felony manslaughter, second-degree assault, discharging a gun into an occupied building, and attempted burglary. His prior felony convictions rendered his possession of the pistol illegal under federal law. Walker was released on parole in 2019 and was on parole at the time of his arrest in August 2019.
U.S. Attorney Sean P. Costello of the Southern District of Alabama made the announcement.
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Selma Police Department investigated the case.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Justin Roller prosecuted the case on behalf of the United States.