Update: J.J. Common’s suspended sentence on previous charges has been revoked. He will now serve the remaining 17 years of a 20 year sentence on drug trafficking charges, having been immediately remanded to prison. He also still faces the charges associated with his February arrest. If found guilty of those crimes, he faces sentencing as a habitual offender.

Franklin County sources say Common is now being housed in the Lauderdale County Detention Center. His case has been turned over to federal authorities for a decision on trying the February charges in federal court. If federal prosecutors decline, Common’s seven new charges will be presented to an upcoming Franklin County grand jury.

From February: John James Walker Common of Russellville has been arrested in Franklin County on charges of firing into an occupied building in Phil Campbell on Tuesday. The specific charges facing the 33 year old are:

  • attempted murder,

  • shooting into an occupied dwelling,

  • trafficking cocaine,

  • trafficking hydrocodone,

  • trafficking synthetic marijuana,

  • first-degree possession of marijuana and

  • first-degree unlawful possession of a drug paraphernalia.

Morgan County Mug Shot

Common, who has been frequently incarcerated in both the state and federal prison systems has the distinction of having once tried to burn down the Colbert County Jail when his girlfriend was arrested, as well as having shot a Russellville football player while on the field in the middle of a game.

Common also has previous trafficking charges, for which he pleaded to lesser crimes, as well as a rape charge involving a 13 year old mentally disabled girl. It’s expected Common will now be tried as a habitual offender.

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