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Dekalb Man Sentenced to 15 Months in Prison for Possessing a Firearm as a Convicted Felon

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

Jackson, Miss. - A Dekalb, Mississippi man was sentenced to one year and three months in prison for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, announced U.S. Attorney Darren LaMarca and Special Agent in Charge Jermicha Fomby of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

According to court documents, Lil’Christopher Jerome Mason, 27, was found in possession of a firearm by officers of the Meridian Police Department on June 9, 2021, during a traffic stop.  Mason had a .380 caliber pistol on the front passenger seat of his car.  Mason has a prior felony conviction for Burglary of a Dwelling.  As a convicted felon it is contrary to federal law for Mason to possess any firearm.

The Meridian Police Department and the FBI investigated the case.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Charles W. Kirkham prosecuted 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, 2022

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