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Press Release

Mississippi Man Sentenced in Federal Court on Gun Charges

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Southern District of Alabama

United States Attorney Richard W. Moore of the Southern District of Alabama announced that Thomas Lee Ruffin, 57, of Meridian, Mississippi, was sentenced to three years’  imprisonment for his participation in the interstate transportation and sale of stolen firearms.  Ruffin pled guilty to felon in possession of a firearm and concealing a stolen firearm in July of 2018. 

United States District Court Judge Kristi K. Dubose imposed the 36-month sentence on November 9, 2018.  Ruffin will serve 3 years on supervised release following the completion of his imprisonment, and the judge ordered that he would undergo testing and treatment for drug abuse while under supervision.  The judge did not impose a fine but ordered the imposition of $200 in special mandatory assessments. 

The case was investigated by the Lauderdale County (Mississippi) Sheriff’s Office, The Choctaw County Sheriff’s Office, the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency and the Federal Bureau of Investigations.  It was prosecuted in the United States Attorney’s Office by Assistant United States Attorney Gloria A. Bedwell.

Updated November 14, 2018