Montgomery Man Pleads Guilty to Possession of a Stolen Firearm

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           Montgomery, Alabama – Today, Patrick Lashone Delbridge, 38, from Montgomery, Alabama, pleaded guilty to possession of a stolen firearm, announced United States Attorney Sandra J. Stewart.

           According to court records, on February 7, 2022, officers with the Montgomery Police Department spotted Delbridge driving an SUV and knew him to have outstanding arrest warrants. Officers initiated an investigative stop and Delbridge pulled the vehicle over at a residence on Foster Street. Once stopped, Delbridge quickly got out of the vehicle and attempted to enter the house. Officers observed Delbridge toss a handgun and detained him before he entered the home. A Glock .40-caliber handgun was recovered from the scene. Law enforcement later learned that the firearm had previously been stolen.

           Delbridge was indicted by a federal grand jury on April 13, 2022, and his trial was scheduled to begin today at 9:00am. However, Delbridge pleaded guilty to possessing a stolen firearm just before the trial began. During Delbridge’s plea hearing, he specifically admitted to possessing the firearm and having knowledge that it was stolen.  

           A sentencing hearing will be scheduled in the coming months. At that hearing, Delbridge will face a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison. There is no parole in the federal system.

           This case was investigated by the Montgomery Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, with assistance from the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office. Assistant United States Attorneys Russell T. Duraski and Joel Feil are prosecuting the case.