An East Alabama man is going to prison after reports indicated that he had chased his girlfriend down the street – with a short-barreled shotgun. U.S. District Judge R. David Proctor sentenced 49-year-old Matthew Hal McCraney of Ohatchee to 63 months – more than five years – in federal prison. According to an announcement on Friday – by Northern District of Alabama U.S. Attorney Prim Escalona and ATF Special Agent in Charge Marcus Watson – McCraney, in August, plead guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm.
On September 15th, 2022, McCraney got into an argument with his girlfriend. According to court documents McCraney grabbed a short-barreled shotgun and chased her down the street. Anniston Police responded to the scene at that point authorities said, the fleeing McCraney slid down an embankment and into a fence. Officers recovered the 12-gauge shotgun in some nearby bushes. McCraney is prohibited from possessing a firearm – because of multiple prior felony convictions – including felony battery and battery on a law officer or firefighter.
The ATF investigated that case – along with the Anniston Police Department and the Assistant U.S. Attorneys Daniel S. McBrayer and Darius C. Greene prosecuted.