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United States of America v. Donald Joseph Boteler
Case Number: 4:22-cr-00177
Judge: R. David Proctor
Court: United States District Court for the Northern District of Alabama (Jefferson County)
Plaintiff's Attorney: United States Attorney’s Office in Birmingham
Description: Birmingham, Alabama criminal defense lawyer represented Defendant charged with illegally possessing a firearm.
Donald Joseph Boteler, Jr, 48, of Pell City, a convicted fellon illegally possessed a firearm.
“The illegal possession of firearms by repeat felony offenders is a persistent threat to the peace and safety of our communities,” said U.S. Attorney Escalona. “We are grateful for the work of the St. Clair County Sheriff’s Office and the ATF in apprehending this defendant and securing the evidence for this case.”
“This was extremely great work done by the law enforcement officers who took part in this investigation. Protecting the public from violent criminals who illegally possess firearms is at the core of the mission of the men and women of the ATF. We will continue to work collaboratively with our state, local and federal law enforcement partners to combat violent crimes in an effort to maintain public safety and hold violent members of our society accountable,” said ATF SAC Marcus Watson.
According to court documents, in December 2021, St. Clair County Sheriff’s deputies attempted to pull over a truck driven by Boteler for traveling in the middle of two lanes of traffic. Boteler fled at a high rate of speed from the deputies. The deputies located the truck at the bottom of a hill where Boteler exited the truck and fled on foot. The St. Clair County canine unit was dispatched to the scene and, after a lengthy search, located Boteler in a wooded area. Boteler resisted arrest and deputies were forced to use their tasers to get Boteler to comply. Boteler continued to struggle with deputies and pulled a Diamondback 9mm pistol from his waistband. As deputies struggled to control the pistol, Boteler fired one round. Boteler was eventually taken into custody and the pistol was recovered.
Prior to his arrest in this case, Boteler had been convicted of 13 other felony offenses, including Unlawful Possession and Distribution of Controlled Substances, Receiving Stolen Property, and Escape.
ATF investigated the case, along with the St. Clair County Sheriff’s Office. Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael Royster prosecuted the case.
18:922(g)(1) UNLAWFUL TRANSPORT OF FIREARMS, ETC.- convicted felon
Outcome: Defendant was sentenced to eight years in prison.