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

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Gulfport Man Pleads Guilty to Illegally Possessing Firearm


Gulfport, Miss. – Eric Jameson Graham, 27, of Gulfport, entered a guilty plea today before District Judge Louis Guirola, Jr. to being a felon in possession of a firearm, announced U.S. Attorney Mike Hurst and Dana Nichols, Special Agent in Charge of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives ("ATF").

Graham faces a maximum of 10 years in prison, a fine of $250,000, and 3 years of supervised release. Sentencing is set for July 31, 2018, at 10:30 a.m. before Judge Guirola.

The case began with the ATF getting reports of a felon selling firearms and possessing hand grenades. The report led to the search of the Gulfport home of Graham and two other individuals. Twenty-one stolen firearms and methamphetamine were seized. Graham has a prior state felony for grand larceny. The firearms were stolen from the father of Graham’s co-defendant Erin Woods. Graham admitted he was using methamphetamine.

Co-defendant Woods pled guilty in federal court before Judge Guirola on April 25, 2018, to being a user of controlled substances illegally possessing a firearm.

The case was investigated by the ATF and is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Annette Williams.

Updated May 10, 2018