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Selma man sentenced to prison for possessing stolen firearm

A Selma man was sentenced to five years in prison by a U.S. Federal Court for being a convicted felon in possession of a stolen firearm.

Oscar Dewayne Blevins, 26, was sentenced in federal court for being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm, according to U.S. Attorney Richard W. Moore of the Southern District of Alabama. Blevins pleaded guilty to the charge in March.

Senior U.S. District Court Judge William H. Steele sentenced Blevins to five years in prison, followed by a three-year term of supervised release.

Blevins admitted in court that he was stopped at a driver’s license checkpoint for driving a car with no tag on Dec. 29. Deputies with the Dallas County Sheriff’s Office noticed the odor of marijuana emanating from the car. Deputies asked Blevins, the sole occupant of the car, if he had smoked any marijuana inside the car.

Blevins replied, “yes,” and stated that he had “smoked some last night at the club.” Blevins gave deputies consent to search the car. Deputies recovered a loaded Hi-Point 9mm pistol underneath the driver’s seat. Blevins admitted to possessing the pistol, which had been reported stolen. Blevins also admitted that he knew he was a convicted felon and could not possess firearms.

At the time he possessed the pistol, Blevins had prior felony convictions for manslaughter and first-degree possession of marijuana in Dallas County Circuit Court.

The Dallas County Sheriff’s Office and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) investigated the case. It was prosecuted in the U.S. Attorney’s Office by Assistant U.S. Attorney Justin D. Roller.