From The Tribune staff reports
BIRMINGHAM — A Farifield convicted felon was sentenced to prison for the possession of a firearm on Monday, February 7.
According to the United States Department of Justice, Cedric Dewayne Young, 33, of Fairfield, was sentenced to two years in prison after pleading guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm in October 2021.
“This defendant resisted arrest and put police officers’ lives in danger,” U.S. Attorney Prim F. Escalona said. “Our officers serve with selfless sacrifice each and every day to protect our communities, and I commend the Birmingham Police Officers for their actions in safely apprehending this defendant.”
Young was arrested when Birmingham Police officers were investigating at a residence in Birmingham, on November 23, 2020. The complainants advised the officers that Young pointed a firearm at them and described the suspect’s vehicle. As a result, the officers issued a BOLO (Be on the Lookout” for the suspect vehicle.
Reports state that a short time later, an officer saw a vehicle that matched the description of Young’s vehicle at a convenience store on Jefferson Avenue SW. Two officers contacted Young, who became uncooperative with officers during his arrest. When officers finally got control of Young, he refused to move his right hand from under his body. Officers found a loaded Taurus 9mm pistol in the waistband of Young’s shorts.
“We must be diligent in our efforts to keep firearms out of the hands of people who make the decision to use them in an illegal manner,” SAC Mickey French said. “The ATF will continue to work with our state, local, and federal law enforcement partners and use any necessary resources to combat the violent gun crimes that occur within our communities.”
The ATF investigated the case, along with the Birmingham Police Department. Assistant U.S. Attorney Kristy Peoples prosecuted the case.