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

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

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


Gulfport, Miss – Erin Woods a/k/a Erin Graham, 34 of Gulfport, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Louis Guirola, Jr. to the maximum 10 years in federal prison followed by 3 years of supervised release for being a user of controlled substances in possession of a firearms, announced U.S. Attorney Mike Hurst and Special Agent in Charge Dana Nichols with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF). Woods was also ordered to pay a $5,000 fine.

The case began with the Bureau of ATF getting reports of a felon selling firearms and possessing hand grenades. The report led to the October 5, 2017, search of the Gulfport home of Erin Woods and two other individuals, one of whom was Woods’ boyfriend and a convicted felon. Twenty-one firearms stolen from Woods’ father and methamphetamine were seized in the search. Woods, who had no prior felony convictions, admitted she had regularly consumed crack cocaine and methamphetamine.

U.S. Attorney Hurst commended the incredible work conducted by ATF agents to track down and recover the numerous stolen firearms. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Annette Williams.

Firearms Offenses
Updated July 25, 2018