Hanceville man, convicted sex offender, charged with illegal firearm possession

(Cullman Tribune file photo)

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – A federal grand jury last week charged a convicted felon with illegal firearm possession, announced U.S. Attorney Prim F. Escalona and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives Special Agent in Charge Mickey French. 

A one-count indictment filed in U.S. District Court charges Edward Olin Jones, 66, of Hanceville, with being a felon in possession of a firearm.  

According to the indictment, on March 16, 2022, Jones unlawfully possessed a Smith & Wesson .38 Special revolver, a Röhm .22 caliber revolver, a Winchester  12-gauge shotgun,  a Weatherby .300 Weatherby Magnum rifle, a Remington .300 Winchester Magnum rifle and a Remington .22 caliber rifle. Jones is prohibited from possessing firearms due to prior felony convictions.  In December 2017, Jones was convicted in the Circuit Court of Jefferson County for first-degree sodomy and first-degree sexual abuse.   

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

ATF investigated the case along with the Alabama Bureau of Pardons and Paroles. Assistant U.S. Attorney Daniel S. McBrayer is prosecuting the case. 

An indictment contains only charges.  A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.