Chief United States District Judge Jeffrey U. Beaverstock
Chief united states district judge jeffrey u. Beaverstock

Atmore, Alabama, man sentenced to five years in federal prison for a rifle that had been sawed off.

It was determined that an Atmore man was guilty of felon in possession of sawed-off rifle when he was sentenced to five years in federal prison.

Documents show that on November 24, 2020, 28-year-old Cedric Jarrell Pierce was arrested after leading officers on a 13-mile high-speed pursuit starting in Robertsdale and heading north into Baldwin County after he refused to stop for a traffic violation.

After officers deployed a spike strip to immobilize Pierce’s automobile, the chase stopped at Bay Minette. Sheriff’s deputies detained Pierce and conducted a vehicle search. Deputies discovered a Remington.22-caliber rifle hidden under the passenger seat, with a 14-inch barrel rather than the 16-inch minimum allowed by federal law. Pierce, who was apprehended after the weapon was recovered by deputies, stated that he had fled from authorities because he knew he had the weapon and that he was not permitted to have it due to his criminal record.

Judge Jeffrey U. Beaverstock of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York has ordered Pierce to undergo drug testing and treatment for three years after he is released from jail on parole. However, Judge Beaverstock ordered Pierce to pay an additional $100 in special charges.

Source: North Scambia News