Case No. 2:17cr29-MHT.


United States District Court, M.D. Alabama, Northern Division.

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

David Foley Goodwin, Jr., Defendant, represented by Stephen P. Ganter , Federal Defenders.

USA, Plaintiff, represented by Kevin P. Davidson , United States Attorney's Office & Steven Lee , US Attorney's Office.


MYRON H. THOMPSON, District Judge.

WHEREAS, the United States of America gave notice to defendant David Foley Goodwin, Jr. in the indictment that it would seek the forfeiture of all property used or intended to be used in any manner or part to commit and to facilitate the commission of the offenses in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 922(g)(1) and 26 U.S.C. § 5861(d); and,

WHEREAS, defendant consents to the forfeiture of specific property;

IT IS HEREBY ORDERED THAT the government's motion for a preliminary order of forfeiture (doc. no. 39) is granted as follows:

1. As a result of the guilty plea on Count 3 of the indictment, the defendant shall forfeit to the United States, pursuant to 26 U.S.C. § 5872 and 28 U.S.C. § 2461(c), all firearms involved in the commission of the offense in violation of 26 U.S.C. § 5841, 5861(d) and 5871.1

2. The Court has determined that the following property is subject to forfeiture pursuant to 26 U.S.C. § 5872 and 28 U.S.C. § 2461(c); that the defendant has an interest in such property; and, that the United States has established the requisite nexus between such property and such offense: a New England Firearms, model Pardner, 20 gauge short-barrel shotgun, bearing serial number NT307193.

3. Upon the entry of this order, the United States Attorney General is authorized to seize the above-listed property and conduct any discovery proper in identifying, locating or disposing of the property subject to forfeiture, in accordance with Federal Rule of Criminal Procedure 32.2(b)(3).

4. Upon entry of this order, the United States Attorney General is authorized to commence any applicable proceeding to comply with statutes governing third-party rights, including giving notice of this order.

5. The United States shall publish notice of this order and its intent to dispose of the property in such a manner as the United States Attorney General may direct. The United States may also, to the extent practicable, provide written notice to any person known to have an alleged interest in the subject property.

6. Any person, other than the above-named defendant, asserting a legal interest in the subject property may, within thirty days of the final publication of notice or receipt of notice, whichever is earlier, petition the court for a hearing without a jury to adjudicate the validity of his alleged interest in the subject property, and for an amendment of the order of forfeiture, pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 2461(c) which incorporates 21 U.S.C. § 853(n)(6).

7. Any petition filed by a third party asserting an interest in the subject property shall be signed by the petitioner under penalty of perjury and shall set forth the nature and extent of the petitioner's right, title, or interest in the subject property, the time and circumstances of the petitioner's acquisition of the right, title or interest in the subject property, and any additional facts supporting the petitioner's claim and the relief sought.

8. After the disposition of any motion filed under Federal Rule of Criminal Procedure 32.2(c)(1)(A) and before a hearing on the petition, discovery may be conducted in accordance with the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure upon a showing that such discovery is necessary or desirable to resolve factual issues.

9. The United States shall have clear title to the subject property following the court's disposition of all third-party interests, or, if no such petitions are filed, following the expiration of the period provided in 21 U.S.C. § 853(n)(2), which is incorporated by 28 U.S.C. § 2461(c), for the filing of third-party petitions.

10. The court shall retain jurisdiction to enforce this order and to amend it as necessary pursuant to Federal Rule of Criminal Procedure 32.2(e).

11. It is further ORDERED that the clerk of the court shall note entry of this order in writing on the Judgment in a Criminal Case and forward a certified copy of this order to the United States Attorney's Office.


1. The Cobra .380 caliber pistol charged in Count 1 of the indictment already belongs to the government. The pistol was "purchased" from the defendant with government funds during an ATF undercover investigation. The defendant lost any ownership interest in the pistol at the time of sale.


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