Convicted felon sentenced to over 6 years in prison after trespassing on golf cart, fishing on private property, carrying loaded gun

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MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) — The Department of Justice sent out a press release Friday concerning a convicted felon with a lengthy criminal history getting sentenced for illegally possessing a firearm as well as trespassing with a loaded gun on private property near a national refuge.

The suspect, 33 year-old Brandon Lee Hall of Macon, was sentenced to serve over 6 years in prison plus 3 years of supervised release without parole on November 30th, 2021, after pleading guilty to possession of a firearm and ammunition by a felon.

The release says that federal wildlife officers patrolling the Bond Swamp National Wildlife Refuge in Macon got complaints from landowners about a man riding a golf cart and fishing on their property without permission in June of 2019, and that while meeting with a complaint, the officer noticed him driving the golf cart on the property where signage had been posted saying “no ATV’s, UTV’s, golf carts, or other off-road vehicles allowed”.  The officer stopped Hall and noticed that he had an empty pistol holster clipped to his belt, which led to him later finding a 9mm semi-automatic pistol 30 feet away, which Hall admitted was his, as well as 9mm rounds on Hall’s person. The release states that Hall has had previous convictions including aggravated assault, terroristic threats or acts and obstruction of an officer in Houston County, Georgia, Superior Court- and that it’s illegal for a convicted felon to possess a firearm.

U.S. Attorney Peter D. Leary had this to say:

“Repeat, violent felons caught illegally possessing a firearm will face serious consequences, including the possibility of lengthy prison sentences,”…“It is illegal for a convicted felon to have a firearm. I want to thank the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Bibb County Sheriff’s officers for responding quickly to citizen complaints and working to keep the Bond Swamp National Wildlife Refuge a safe place for all to visit.”

This case was investigated by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Bibb County Sheriff’s Office, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives.

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