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

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Clinton Man Pleads Guilty to Armed Carjacking

Jackson, Miss. – Omar Bankhead, of Clinton, pled guilty yesterday before U.S. District Judge Henry T. Wingate to armed carjacking, announced U.S. Attorney Mike Hurst and Special Agent in Charge Christopher Freeze with the Federal Bureau of Investigations.

On April 2, 2017, officers with the Clinton Police Department responded to a carjacking at Mississippi College. The victim reported sitting in the parking deck at Mississippi College when Bankhead entered her 2015 Kia Optima and ordered her out of the vehicle. Officers later recovered the vehicle in Illinois and Bankhead in Iowa.

Bankhead, a previously convicted felon, will be sentenced by Judge Wingate on January 14, 2019, and faces a maximum penalty of fifteen years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Clinton Police Department. It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Candace Mayberry.

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Updated October 17, 2018