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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, June 18, 2018

Jackson Man Gets 5 years in Prison for Illegally Possessing Firearm under Project EJECT

 

Jackson, Miss. – Jason Lewis, 33, of Jackson, was sentenced on June 11, 2018, by United States District Judge Carlton W. Reeves, to 5 years in federal prison, followed by 3 years of supervised release, for illegally possessing a gun, announced United States Attorney Mike Hurst and Special Agent in Charge Dana Nichols of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives ("ATF"). Lewis was also ordered to pay a $1,500 fine.

On November 26, 2017, Jason Lewis, a convicted felon, possessed a gun inside his jacket pocket at Union Station, a train station in Jackson. Lewis has several previous felony convictions, including multiple convictions for aggravated assault and a conviction for possession of cocaine.

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 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.

U.S. Attorney Hurst commended the work of the Jackson Police Department and their cooperation with ATF agents and Project EJECT task force members in the investigation of this case.

Updated June 18, 2018