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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Southern District of Mississippi

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, December 1, 2020

Biloxi Man Sentenced to Over 3 Years in Federal Prison for Illegally Possessing a Firearm as a Convicted Felon

Gulfport, Miss. – Demontra Tucker, 23, of Biloxi, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Louis Guirola, Jr. to 41 months in federal prison, followed by three years of supervised release, for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, announced U.S. Attorney Mike Hurst and Special Agent in Charge Michelle Sutphin with the Federal Bureau of Investigation in Mississippi.  Tucker was also ordered to pay a $5,000 fine.

On April 14, 2020, Biloxi police officers responded to the burglary of an unmarked police vehicle in Biloxi.  They learned that two Glock pistols, a Taser, and a radio had been stolen from the vehicle.  On April 15, 2020, an investigation led to information that Demontra Tucker had possession of the stolen Taser and had attempted to sell it.

Officers went to Tucker’s apartment and observed him walking away from a vehicle holding a small pistol bag in front of his chest.  They gave him verbal commands to stop but Tucker fled on foot.  The officers gave chase and Tucker ran through a thickly wooded area where the law enforcement officers lost sight of him.  With assistance from witnesses, Tucker was soon apprehended.  The wooded area was searched, and the pistol bag Tucker was seen carrying was located.  Inside the bag, law enforcement located the stolen Taser as well as a silver and black Smith and Wesson.  The firearm was loaded with one magazine holding ten .40 caliber cartridges of ammunition and one .40 caliber round in the chamber.

Tucker had previous convictions for burglary and robbery in the Circuit Court of Harrison County and was prohibited from possessing a firearm.  Tucker was charged in a federal indictment on May 12, 2020 and he pled guilty before Judge Guirola on September 2, 2020.

The case was investigated by the FBI and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Erica Rose. 

Topic(s): 
Firearms Offenses
Updated December 1, 2020