Convicted Hanceville sex offender sentenced to almost 4 years for illegal firearm possession

This undated mugshot shows Edward Olin James. (Cullman County Sheriff’s Office)

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – A federal judge on Thursday sentenced Edward Olin Jones, 66, of Hanceville, a convicted felon, for illegal firearm possession. The sentence was announced by U.S. Attorney Prim F. Escalona and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives Special Agent in Charge Marcus Watson. 

U.S. District Court Judge Liles C. Burke sentenced Jones to 46 months in prison followed by three years of supervised release.  Jones pleaded guilty to the charge of being a felon in possession of a firearm in November 2022.   

According to the plea agreement, on March 16, 2022, Alabama Probation & Parole officers conducted a home visit at the residence of Jones in Hanceville, Alabama.  Jones was on state felony probation, and as conditions of his probation he had to submit to searches by probation officers and was prohibited from possessing firearms. The probation officers recovered 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, a Remington .22 caliber rifle and 907 rounds of ammunition from Jones’ home. 

Prior to his arrest in this case, Jones had been convicted of first-degree sodomy and first-degree sex abuse in the Circuit Court of Jefferson County, Alabama.   

ATF investigated the case along with the Alabama Probation and Parole Office. Assistant U.S. Attorney Daniel S. McBrayer prosecuted the case.