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Canton Man Pleads Guilty to Possession of Stolen Firearm

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

Jackson, Miss.  – A Canton man pled guilty to knowingly possessing a stolen firearm, announced Acting U.S. Attorney Darren J. LaMarca and Special Agent in Charge Jermicha Fomby of the Federal Bureau of Investigation in Mississippi.

According to court documents, on February 5, 2019, Curtis Tyaun Hart, 21, stole a handgun from the glovebox of an individual’s car.  The owner of the handgun filed a police report concerning the theft. The following day, Hart was found by Jackson Police officers with the firearm in his possession.

Hart is scheduled to be sentenced on December 20, 2021, and faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison.  A federal district judge will determine any sentence after considering the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.

The FBI investigated the case. Assistant U.S. Attorney Bert Carraway is prosecuting the case.

This case is being prosecuted as part of the joint federal, state, and local Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) Program, the centerpiece of the Department of Justice’s violent crime reduction efforts. PSN is an evidence-based program proven to be effective at reducing violent

crime. Through PSN, a broad spectrum of stakeholders work together to identify the most pressing violent crime problems in the community and develop comprehensive solutions to address them. As part of this strategy, PSN focuses enforcement efforts on the most violent offenders and partners with locally based prevention and reentry programs for lasting reductions in crime.

Updated September 23, 2021

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