BRUNSWICK, GA: A Chatham County man faces significant prison time after his conviction at trial for illegal gun possession.
Raheem DaSheen Jackson, 30, of Savannah, awaits sentencing after being found guilty by a U.S. District Court jury of Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon, said David H. Estes, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Georgia. Jackson has at least three prior felony convictions, and if adjudicated as an Armed Career Criminal could face a mandatory minimum sentence of 15 years in prison.
There is no parole in the federal system.
“Our office and our law enforcement partners are committed to removing violent criminals from our communities,” said U.S. Attorney Estes. “Previously convicted felons like Raheem Jackson know they are prohibited from carrying guns, and our streets are safer with them behind bars.”
Jackson was arrested in January 2021 when he ran from a traffic stop conducted by Savannah Police officers. Jackson, a passenger in the vehicle, fled into a neighborhood with an officer in pursuit, dropping a loaded semiautomatic handgun as he ran. Jackson was charged with illegally possessing the gun after a criminal background check revealed prior felony convictions.
U.S. District Court Judge Lisa Godbey Wood will schedule Jackson for sentencing after completion of a presentence investigation by U.S. Probation Services.
“ATF will continue to work alongside our federal, state and local partners in furtherance of reducing violent crime,” said Beau Kolodka, Assistant Special Agent in Charge of the Atlanta Field Office of the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives.
The case was investigated by the ATF and the Savannah Police Department, and prosecuted for the United States by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Marcela C. Mateo and Noah J. Abrams.
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