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Alabama felon sentenced to 26 years in prison for robbing multiple Meridian stores

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An Anniston, Ala. man has been sentenced to more than 26 years in prison for violent crimes while being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm.

According to court documents, Jonathan Lewis Jennings robbed a liquor store and a convenience store in Meridian at gunpoint on January 15, 2018. Evidence collected by the Meridian Police Department established Jennings’s identity as the perpetrator through DNA analysis.

Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (ATF) agents conducted follow-up investigative measures that further confirmed Jennings’s involvement in and planning of the robberies. The 32-year-old is a convicted felon, making it unlawful for him to possess the firearm he used during the robberies.

Jennings was found guilty by a jury for two counts of robbery, two counts of using or carrying a firearm in connection with crimes of violence, and being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm on December 12, 2022, following a trial in U.S. District Court.

The Meridian Police Department and the ATF investigated the case. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Adam T. Stuart and Charles W. Kirkham prosecuted the case.

This case was prosecuted as part of the joint federal, state, and local Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) Program, the centerpiece of the Department of Justice’s violent crime reduction efforts.

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