A Tuscaloosa man that was arrested in 2018 on drug and gun charges has been sentenced to 10 years in federal prison.

Antonio Montez Denson, 33, pleaded guilty to unlawful transport of firearms by a convicted felon on January 28th. The charges stemmed from a 2018 incident when Tuscaloosa Police officers responded to reports of an armed man waving a gun in the parking lot of a laundromat in the 3200 block of 10th street.

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Denson led officers on a foot pursuit while appearing to reach his pistol inside his hoodie. Officers detained him and discovered a .380 pistol in his pocket. After searching his car, officers also discovered a stolen Taurus 9mm pistol in his glove box, along with marijuana, cocaine, MDMA, baggies and scales elsewhere in the car.

All the firearms recovered had fully loaded magazines with a bullet already in the chamber. The gun cases were prosecuted federally because of Denson's prior convictions on charges of drug possession and attempted distribution in 2009 in St. Bernard Parish, Louisiana, as well as a first-degree marijuana possession conviction in Tuscaloosa County from 2019.

On Tuesday, a U.S. district judge sentenced Denson to serve 120 months, despite Denson and his attorney requested a sentence of only 78 months.

The drug charges are pending in Tuscaloosa County Circuit Court, and this federal sentence will run concurrently with any prison time that could result from a guilty plea in those cases.

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