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Gulfport Man Pleads Guilty to Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon

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

Gulfport, Miss. – Douglas Gary Mayes, 66, of Gulfport, pled guilty yesterday before U.S. District Judge Louis Guirola, Jr., to being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm, announced U.S. Attorney Mike Hurst and Special Agent in Charge Kurt Thielhorn with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (“ATF”).

On July 2, 2019, ATF agents went to Mayes’ residence in Gulfport to arrest him on an underlying federal indictment for being a felon in possession of a firearm. Mayes advised agents  that he had additional firearms in his home, but would not give consent to search.  A federal search warrant was obtained and, after searching the residence, agents found three additional firearms and ammunition. Mayes had a previous conviction in Harrison County, Mississippi for receiving stolen property.

Mayes will be sentenced by Judge Guirola on Wednesday, April 29, 2020, at 10:00 a.m., in Gulfport.  He faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

The case was investigated by The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. It was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Andrea Jones.

Updated January 31, 2020

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