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Firearms Thief in Harrison County Sentenced to Over 5 Years in Federal Prison for Illegally Possessing Firearms

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

Gulfport, Miss. – Casey Lee Gilmer, 34, of Harrison County, Mississippi was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Louis Guirola, Jr. to 70 months in federal prison, followed by three years of supervised release, for being an unlawful user of a controlled substance in possession of multiple firearms, announced U.S. Attorney Mike Hurst and Kurt Thielhorn, Special Agent in Charge of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (“ATF”). Gilmer was also ordered to pay a $5,000 fine.

In September 2019, Gilmer stole ten firearms from a residence where he was working in Jackson County, Mississippi.  Gilmer then pawned the firearms at multiple pawnshops along the Mississippi Gulf Coast in order to feed his drug addiction.  After the firearms were reported stolen, law enforcement officials were able to identify Gilmer, locate the firearms, and successfully return the firearms to their rightful owner.

Gilmer was indicted on June 23, 2020 and he pled guilty before Judge Guirola on August 27, 2020.

This case was investigated by the ATF and Jackson County Sheriff’s Office. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Jonathan Buckner.

Updated November 19, 2020

Firearms Offenses