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Maximum sentence removes violent felon from historic Savannah neighborhood

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Southern District of Georgia
Conviction as felon with firearm nets 10-year sentence for Savannah man

SAVANNAH, Ga:  A Savannah man has received the maximum federal prison sentence after his conviction for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

Calvin James, 32, was sentenced to 10 years in prison by U.S. District Court Judge William T. Moore, said Bobby L. Christine, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Georgia. James, who was convicted after a jury trial in January, also was sentenced to serve three years of supervised release after completion of his sentence, and there is no parole in the federal system.

James’ arrest occurred in March 2018 in Savannah’s Cuyler-Brownsville neighborhood, an area that has received extensive focus from the Savannah Police Department’s Strategic Investigations Unit (SIU) and the U.S. Attorney’s Office through the U.S. Department of Justice’s Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN). The case also was investigated by the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

James was arrested by members of SIU after he fled on foot and discarded a stolen firearm and several bags of marijuana.

“James’ sentence represents another violent felon removed from the Cuyler-Brownsville neighborhood,” said Southern District of Georgia U.S. Attorney Bobby L. Christine. “With our law enforcement partners, we will not stop until every violent criminal is removed from every one of our communities.”

“This inter-agency collaboration and the resulting arrest goes a long way toward addressing gun violence by removing from our streets firearms and those willing to obtain them illegally and potentially use them,” said Beau Kolodka, Assistant Special Agent in Charge of the Atlanta Field Division of the ATF.

The case was investigated by the Savannah Police Department’s Special Investigative Unit (SIU) and the ATF. The case was prosecuted for the United States by Assistant United States Attorneys Jennifer Kirkland and Joshua Bearden. 


Barry Paschal, Public Affairs Officer (Contractor), U.S. Attorney’s Office: 912-652-4422.

Updated April 16, 2019

Firearms Offenses
Project Safe Neighborhoods
Press Release Number: 35-19