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

Monday, November 5, 2018

Holly Springs Man Sentenced to Over Four Years in Federal Prison under Project EJECT

Jackson, Miss. – Marquavius Dewante Morrow, 25, of Holly Springs, was sentenced Friday by Chief United States District Judge Daniel P. Jordan III, to fifty-four months in federal prison followed by three years of supervised release for carjacking, announced U.S. Attorney Mike Hurst and Special Agent in Charge Christopher Freeze with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). Morrow, also known as "Peanut," was also ordered to pay a $1,500 fine.

On November 8, 2017, Morrow and Gathern McClain carjacked a victim at knifepoint near the Regions Bank ATM located at 947 North State Street in Jackson. The victim later identified Morrow in a photo lineup. Each of the defendants confessed to their involvement in the carjacking. McClain was sentenced in July to eighty-four months imprisonment for his involvement in the crime.

This case was investigated by the FBI and the Jackson Police Department. It 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 in Jackson through prosecution, prevention, re-entry and awareness. EJECT stands for "Empower Jackson Expel Crime Together." PSN is a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. 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.

Project Safe Neighborhoods
Updated November 6, 2018