Man sentenced to prison for illegal gun possession

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MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - A Montgomery man was sentenced by a federal judge to serve 210 months in federal prison for illegal firearm possession. A jury from the Middle District of Alabama in Montgomery found Lorenzo Rainer, age 49, guilty of illegally possessing a firearm while a convicted felon.

Rainer was sentenced to more than 17 years, in federal prison for possessing a Ruger, .357 Magnum Revolver on June 12, 2007. Rainer possessed the firearm after fleeing from the police on a motorcycle in Montgomery.

Rainer had been convicted of multiple felonies, including burglary, robbery, theft of property, escape, and buying, receiving, and concealing stolen property. Because three of these convictions were for violent felonies, the district court judge found that Rainer qualified as an Armed Career Criminal under federal law. This status required the judge to sentence Rainer to no less than 15 years in prison. Based on Rainer's criminal history and the nature and circumstances of the offense, the judge increased Rainer's sentence to 210 months. There is no parole from federal prison.

In addition to the prison sentence, Rainer was also sentenced to serve five years of supervised release under the supervision of a federal probation officer after his prison term expires.

The case was investigated and prosecuted as part of the Department of Justice's Project Safe Neighborhoods initiative, which seeks to prevent violent crime through enforcement of federal firearms laws, such as the law prohibiting convicted felons from possessing firearms. The program is known as Alabama ICE in the Middle District of Alabama. According to United States Attorney Leura G. Canary, "A sentence such as the one given to Mr. Rainer shows how important it is to fully prosecute felons who illegally possess firearms. Removing criminals who possess guns from our streets remains a priority of this office."