Clinton Man Pleads Guilty Under Project EJECT to Carjacking
Jackson, Miss. – Cedric Winfield, 23, of Clinton, pled guilty yesterday before Senior U.S. District Judge William H. Barbour, Jr. to carjacking, announced U.S. Attorney Mike Hurst and Christopher Freeze, Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation in Mississippi.
A federal grand jury indicted Alexus Guster, Darrell Moore, and Cedric Winfield for carjacking a victim at gunpoint on November 7, 2017. Winfield pleaded guilty yesterday to participating in the carjacking.
Winfield faces a maximum penalty of fifteen years in prison and a $250,000 fine for his role in the carjacking. Guster pled guilty to carjacking in January and is set to be sentenced on November 29, 2018. Moore’s trial is scheduled for November 14, 2018, at 9:00 a.m. before Judge Barbour.
This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Jackson Police Department. It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Mary Helen Wall and Kimberly Taft Purdie.
This case is part of Project EJECT, an initiative by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Mississippi under the U.S. Department of Justice’s Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN). EJECT is a holistic, multi-disciplinary approach to fighting and reducing violent crime in Jackson through prosecution, prevention, re-entry and awareness. EJECT stands for "Empower Jackson Expel Crime Together." PSN is a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. Attorney General Jeff Sessions reinvigorated PSN in 2017 as part of the Department’s renewed focus on targeting violent criminals, directing all U.S. Attorney’s Offices to work in partnership with federal, state, local, and tribal law enforcement and the local community to develop effective, locally-based strategies to reduce violent crime.