26-Year-Old Man Faces Federal Charges After Flashing Guns in Facebook Live Video in Tuscaloosa, Alabama
A Tuscaloosa man has been sentenced to six years in prison after pleading guilty to federal gun charges that stemmed as a result of a Facebook live video.
According to the Tuscaloosa Police Department, 25-year-old Devontay Jerrod Hutt pled guilty to charges of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and possession of a machine gun. A federal judge in Birmingham sentenced Hutt Tuesday morning.
Hutt's charges are a result of an incident on New Year's Eve 2019.
"U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms Task Force agents became aware that young men who claim to be members of the local YGN (Young Global Nation) gang were flashing and discussing their guns on a Facebook Live video," said TPD Public Information Officer Stephanie Taylor. "Hutt was seen in the video handling a Glock 9 millimeter pistol with a switch that converts the weapon to automatic fire."
ATF agents and local law enforcement were able to locate Hutt after he the other men in the video announced their intention to visit a Shell Station on Culver Road.
"When officers arrived and activated their vehicle lights, a passenger fled from the car, ran inside of the business and through the back door with Hutt. Agents approached the car, which had been left vacant, idling and unlocked," Taylor said. "They located the Glock that Hutt was waving in the video, a drum magazine, an AR-style pistol, marijuana and hydrocodone pills in the floorboards."
Hutt was already on probation, as he had a previous second-degree robbery charge for stealing cash from a pedestrian in 2014. Hutt violated the terms of that probation by possessing a firearm, and he was taken into custody on January 8, 2020 by his probation officer.
"Federal prisoners must serve 85 percent of their sentences before they’re eligible for early release/good time, so it’ll be just more than five years before Hutt could possibly be released," Taylor said.