ANNISTON – A convicted felon was sentenced to over five years in prison for possessing a firearm on Friday, Nov. 11.
U.S. District Court Judge R. David Proctor sentenced Matthew Hal McCraney, 49, of Ohatchee, to 63 months in prison for being a felon in possession of a firearm. McCraney pleaded guilty to the charge in August.
According to the plea agreement, on September 15, 2022, McCraney got into verbal altercation with his girlfriend, retrieved a short-barreled shotgun, and chased her down the street. The Anniston Police Department received a call reporting that McCraney was chasing a woman with a gun. An Anniston Police Department officer pursued McCraney and apprehended him after he slid down an embankment into a fence. Officers recovered a short-barreled, 12-gauge shotgun in some bushes. McRaney admitted he had possessed a short-barreled shotgun around the time he was in an argument with his girlfriend.
McCraney is prohibited from possessing a firearm because of multiple prior felony convictions, including felony battery and battery on a law officer or firefighter.
ATF investigated the case, along with the Anniston Police Department. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Daniel S. McBrayer and Darius C. Greene prosecuted the case.