Alabama felon who dropped gun while being pepper sprayed headed back to prison

Published 1:28 pm Thursday, February 23, 2023

An Alabama felon is headed to prison after he was found in possession of a gun while fighting with another person.

A federal judge Wednesday sentenced a Demopolis, Alabama, man for illegally possessing a firearm, announced U.S. Attorney Prim F. Escalona and Federal Bureau of Investigation Special Agent in Charge Carlton L. Peeples.

Chief U.S. District Court Judge L. Scott Coogler sentenced Terrance Jamela Armstead, 31, of Demopolis, Alabama, to 80 months in prison. Armstead pleaded guilty to one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm in October 2022.

According to court documents, on October 13, 2020, the assistant police chief of the Eutaw Police Department was at the One Stop Gas Station in Eutaw. While there, he observed a fight between Armstead and another individual. The assistant chief intervened and sprayed both individuals with pepper spray. Armstead succumbed to the pepper spray and attempted to run but fell. In taking him into custody, the assistant chief recovered a Smith & Wesson .40 caliber semi-automatic pistol from Armstead’s waistband. The pistol had been reported stolen to the Eutaw Police Department a few months prior to the incident.

“The illegal possession of a firearm by a convicted felon risks turning any minor dispute into a deadly confrontation,” said U. S. Attorney Escalona. “We are grateful for the actions of the Eutaw Police in this case to prevent further violence.”