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Hattiesburg Man with Multiple Felony Convictions Pleads Guilty under Project EJECT to Illegally Possessing Firearm

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

Jackson, Miss. – Jordan Reshard Poole, 29, of Hattiesburg, pled guilty yesterday before U.S. District Judge Keith Starrett to being a felon in possession of a firearm, announced U.S. Attorney Mike Hurst and Special Agent in Charge Kirk Thielhorn with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

On July 17, 2017, Poole was involved in a high speed car chase in Lamar County that ultimately resulted in a car crash.  Jumping from the car after the collision, Poole attempted to flee and was quickly apprehended by Hattiesburg Police officers.  While running, Poole attempted to hide a firearm by throwing it under a parked vehicle.  The firearm was recovered and Poole admitted to possessing it.   Poole was previously convicted of multiple felonies, including arson and burglary, and prohibited from possessing a firearm. 

Poole will be sentenced by Judge Starrett on December 10, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. He faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

This case is part of Project EJECT, an initiative by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Mississippi under the U.S. Department of Justice’s Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN). EJECT is a holistic, multi-disciplinary approach to fighting and reducing violent crime through prosecution, prevention, re-entry and awareness. EJECT stands for “Empower Justice Expel Crime Together.” PSN is bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. Former Attorney General Jeff Sessions reinvigorated PSN in 2017 as part of the Department’s renewed focus on targeting violent criminals, directing all U.S. Attorney’s Offices to work in partnership with federal, state, local, and tribal law enforcement and the local community to develop effective, locally-based strategies to reduce violent crime.

The case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Hattiesburg Police Department.  It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Andrew W. Eichner.

Updated September 17, 2019

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