Alabama felon convicted of illegal, modified machine gun

Published 2:50 pm Thursday, October 5, 2023

A convicted Alabama felon has been convicted of illegally possessing a firearm — one that had been modified into a machine gun — federal prosecutors said.

A Jefferson County, Alabama, man was convicted of illegally possessing a firearm, announced U.S. Attorney Prim F. Escalona and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Special Agent in Charge Marcus Watson.

The jury returned a guilty verdict against Terrell Corey McMullin, 30, of Fairfield, after two days of testimony before U.S. District Court Judge Madeline H. Haikala. McMullin was convicted of being a felon in possession of a firearm.

“The illegal possession of firearms by repeat offenders is a persistent threat to the peace and safety of our communities,” said U.S. Attorney Escalona. “Our ongoing collaboration with federal, state, and local law enforcement has been instrumental in removing illegal firearms from our communities. Together, we are making our communities safer every day.”

“Today’s announcement is a perfect answer to one of our most important whys, why we chose to protect and serve the public,” said SAC Watson. “This is a positive result of a job well done by the ATF and our partners who work tirelessly to combat violent crime within our communities. We will continue to use all our resources to disrupt the illegal possession of firearms and bring those individuals to justice who continue to disregard the law and the brave men and women who enforce them.”

According to evidence presented at trial, on February 1, 2022, a Pleasant Grove police officer conducted a traffic stop on McMullin. The officer attempted to make contact with McMullin, but he sped away. The chase ended when the driver lost control of the vehicle and wrecked a short distance later. McMullin exited the vehicle and fled on foot. The pursuit ended when McMullin crossed into the Fairfield city limits. During the search of the abandoned vehicle, the officer found a tan Glock 9mm pistol with an installed Glock switch in the driver’s seat. The Glock was later determined to be stolen.

The maximum penalty for being a felon in possession of a firearm is 10 years in prison.