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United States of America v. Jermaine Butler
Case Number: 2:18-cr-00202-WS-B
Judge: William H. Steele
Court: United States District Court for the Southern District of Alabama (Mobile County)
Plaintiff's Attorney: Gina S. Vann
Defendant's Attorney: Daniel L. McCleave
Mobile, AL - Jermaine Butler, a 27 year old resident of Selma, Alabama was sentenced to 37 months incarceration followed by three years of supervised release for possession of a Zastava rifle after being convicted of Assault First Degree.
On September 25, 2018, Butler entered a guilty plea pursuant to a plea agreement and admitted in open court that on May 25, 2018, Dallas County, AL deputies set up a random driverís license checkpoint in Selma, Alabama. A Chevrolet Impala driven by Butler stopped several yards short of the checkpoint. Deputies motioned for Butler to continue to the checkpoint. Butler then drove past the checkpoint then stopped. As deputies approached the driverís side of the vehicle, they smelled marijuana and saw one passenger in the vehicle with Butler. Both were asked to exit the vehicle. When Butler opened the front driverís side door, deputies saw a small amount of marijuana. Butler was immediately detained. Deputies then saw, in plain view, a rifle on the floorboard of the backseat of the vehicle. The rifle was loaded. The rifle is described as a Zastava, model N-PAP DF, 7.62X39 caliber rifle. A probable cause search of the vehicle was conducted. The search discovered another quantity of marijuana stuffed between the front seats. Butler then stated that the rifle and the marijuana were his and the passenger also stated that the rifle and marijuana belonged to Butler.
Butler was previously convicted of Assault First Degree on March 3, 2015, in the Circuit Court of Dallas County, Alabama, case number CC-2012-000045.
Officers of the Dallas County, Alabama Sheriffís Office along with special agents of the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco Firearms and Explosives investigated the case and brought it to the U. S. Attorney=s Office for prosecution.
Outcome: Defendant is committed to the BOP for a term of 37 MONTHS. SRT THREE (3) YEARS. Defendant is to undergo urine surveillance, drug, alcohol and mental health treatment as directed by the Probation Office. Search condition imposed. SA $100.00.