In addition to charges of felony murder and first degree sodomy in the death of his daughter Hiawayi, Hiawatha Robinson Jr. now faces federal firearm charges, after an indictment handed down today by U.S. District Court.
Robinson is alleged to have possessed a 12-gauge single barrel shotgun on Oct. 2, the same day search warrants were executed at his home on Stovall Street in Prichard and at the home of his girlfriend Taisheira “Tasha” Parker in Semmes.
According to officials, Robinson was prohibited from possessing firearms or ammunition due to previous convictions in Mobile County Circuit Court of first degree possession of marijuana in 2011 and third degree burglary in 2002 in addition to a conviction of second degree receiving stolen property in 2001 in Baldwin County Circuit Court.
Additionally, Robinson was previously convicted of third degree domestic violence and third degree assault in 2004 in Mobile Municipal Court.
“We continue to take the threat of violent crime in our community very seriously and will bring all resources to bear on those who illegally possess lethal firearms or ammunition, be it a convicted felon, or a person convicted for misdemeanor domestic violence crime. Such individuals will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law,” U.S. Attorney Kenyen R. Brown said in a news release.
The statutory maximum penalty provided by law for each of these charges is 10 years imprisonment. However, if a defendant has qualifying prior felony convictions for serious drug offense or crimes of violence, the minimum mandatory sentence is 15 years, up to life imprisonment, according to officials.
“The state allegations against Hiawatha Robinson should not detract from the severity of the federal charge he now faces,” SAC Robert F. Lasky said. “The FBI will continue to utilize its resources to ensure the people in this community are protected from those who illegally possess weapons.”
The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, with assistance from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives, along with the State Bureau of Investigation and will be prosecuted by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Alabama.