On Thursday, May 7, 2020, Johnathan Scott Kelley, a 31-year-old man from Pinson, Alabama, was sentenced to 115 months in prison for the illegal possession of a firearm, announced United States Attorney Louis V. Franklin, Sr. Following his prison sentence, Kelley will be on supervised release for three years. There is no parole in the federal system.
According to court records, on September 11, 2019, Kelley was indicted by a federal grand jury for being a felon in possession of a .22 caliber pistol. Having a previous felony conviction, he was prohibited by federal law from possessing the firearm. The allegation in the indictment was based on encounters Kelley had on June 29, 2018 and July 5, 2018 with law enforcement in Chilton County. Kelley pleaded guilty to the charge on January 21, 2020.
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and the Chilton County Sheriff’s Office investigated this case, with assistance from the Jemison Police Department and the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office. Assistant United States Attorney Brandon Bates prosecuted the case.