From the Tribune staff reports
BIRMINGHAM – A federal grand jury indicted a convicted felon on an armed bank robbery charge, announced U.S. Attorney Prim F. Escalona and Federal Bureau of Investigation Special Agent in Charge Carlton L. Peeples on Wednesday, May 25.
According to the Department of Justice, a two-count indictment filed in U.S. District Court charges Edward Aliji Muhammed Brown, 41, of Gadsden, with armed bank robbery and being a felon in possession of a firearm.
According to the indictment, Brown used a firearm during the robbery of Exchange Bank in Gadsden in March 2023. Brown is prohibited from possessing a firearm because of a prior felony conviction. Brown was convicted on August 24, 1999, in the Circuit Court of Etowah County, Alabama, of the offense of robbery, first degree.
The maximum penalty for armed bank robbery is 25 years in prison. The maximum penalty for being a felon in possession of a firearm is 15 years in prison.
The FBI investigated the case along with the Gadsden police department. Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael Royster is prosecuting the case.
An indictment contains only charges. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.