A previously convicted felon has been ordered to federal prison for unlawfully possessing three explosive devices and firearms, announced U.S. Attorney Ryan Patrick along with Special Agent in Charge Fred Milanowski of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF).
Carl Eugene Fleming, 55, pleaded guilty March 16, 2018.
Today, U.S. District Judge Malinda Harmon sentenced him to 71 months imprisonment to be immediately followed by three years of supervised release. In arriving at the sentence, the Judge considered the need for punishment, deterrence and respect for the law. Judge Harmon further noted Fleming’s long history of possessing firearms while being a prohibited person.
“As the agency charged with investigating illegally obtained explosives, ATF works closely with the U.S. Attorney’s Office to prosecute offenders who violate these laws,” said Milanowski.
The investigation began after law enforcement believed Fleming had improvised explosive devices in the residence he was renting.
The ATF conducted a search at the location, at which time they discovered two explosive devices – one constructed with a grey metal pipe and a fuse, while the other was a 20mm ammunition can with explosive powder and shrapnel and a fuse primed for detonation. Also found were several firearms and ammunition.
He was taken into custody, at which time he also had in his possession a loaded .45 caliber pistol and three magazines of ammunition.
A third explosive device was later located hidden in Fleming’s room. This improvised explosive device consisted of PVC pipe with explosive powder, shrapnel and a fuse attached to an arrow.
As a previously convicted felon, Fleming is prohibited by federal law of possessing any firearm, ammunition or destructive devices.
He had been and will remain in custody pending transfer to a U.S. Bureau of Prisons facility to be determined in the near future. ATF conducted the investigation.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Steven Schammel is prosecuting the case.
Walker County Sheriff Clint McRae would like to thank the Department of Justice U.S Attorney’s Office Southern District of Texas and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) for assisting in this case to help make our community a safer place. Sheriff McRae is extremely proud of the partnership in law enforcement. Thanks the detectives with Walker County Sheriff’s Office, Department of Public Safety, and Huntsville Police Department for working together in keeping our community safe.