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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Gulfport Man Sentenced to 10 Years in Federal Prison for Illegally Possessing a Firearm

 

Gulfport, Miss. – Eric Jameson Graham, 39, of Gulfport, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Louis Guirola, Jr. to the maximum 120 months in federal prison, followed by three years of supervised release, for being a felon in possession of a firearm, announced U.S. Attorney Mike Hurst and Special Agent in Charge Dana Nichols with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. He was also ordered to pay a $3,000 fine.

On October 4, 2017, an informant advised agents with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives that Graham sold an SKS rifle to a known felon. On October 5, 2017, Agents obtained a search warrant for the home Graham shared with his codefendant Erin Woods, where they found marijuana, methamphetamine, and 21 firearms. The firearms were stolen from Woods’ father, a collector. Graham had a prior felony conviction for grand larceny and therefore is prohibited from possessing any firearm.

Co-defendant Woods previously pled guilty in federal court, before Judge Guirola on April 25, 2018, to being a user of controlled substances illegally possessing a firearm. Woods was sentenced on July 25, 2018 to the maximum penalty of 10 years in federal prison for that crime.

The case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Annette Williams.

 

Topic(s): 
Firearms Offenses
Updated July 31, 2018