Jason Keith Richardson, a convicted sex offender in Midland, was arrested by United States Marshals in Colbert County last Monday afternoon. Authorities say that Richardson was staying with a relative and hard possession of a .45 caliber handgun and a large amount of ammunition when he was taken into custody. Richardson was convicted in Collin County, Texas, for aggravated sexual assault in 1987. He was sentenced to 70 years in prison but was paroled in June of 2012. Richardson was set to go to trial earlier this month in Midland for failure to comply with sex offender registration requirements. He violated his parole by cutting off an ankle tracking device and failing to appear for his scheduled court date. The Lone Star Fugitive Task Force was asked to assist in his apprehension and Richardson was arrested in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, after a brief investigation was conducted. Texas authorities say Richardson will be prosecuted in the Northern District of Alabama Federal Court for Failure to Register as a Sex Offender, and Possession of a Firearm by a Felon. These charges carry the following punishments in Alabama:
- The unlawful possession of a firearm or ammunition by a convicted felon is punishable by a maximum of 10 years imprisonment
- Failing to register as a sex offender is a Class C Felony which is punishable by up to 15 years in prison and fines less than $15,000
Richardson, 52, will then be taken back to Texas to face charges there.
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