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Jackson Man Pleads Guilty to Possessing a Firearm as a Convicted Felon after Selling AR-Style Rifle to FBI

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

Jackson, Miss.  – A Jackson man pled guilty today to possessing a firearm as a convicted felon, announced Acting U.S. Attorney Darren J. LaMarca and Special Agent in Charge Jermicha Fomby of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

According to court documents, Malcolm Undrea Spires, 55, sold a semiautomatic AR-style rifle pursuant to a sting operation conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation on November 22, 2021.  Spires has two prior felony convictions, one of which is for possessing a firearm as a convicted felon.

Spires pled guilty to a violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 922(g)(1) which criminalizes the possession of firearms by convicted felons.  He is scheduled to be sentenced on February 16, 2023, and faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison.  A federal district judge will determine any sentence after considering the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation is investigating the case.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Bert Carraway is prosecuting the case.

This case is being prosecuted as part of the joint federal, state, and local Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) Program, the centerpiece of the Department of Justice’s violent crime reduction efforts. PSN is an evidence-based program proven to be effective at reducing violent crime. Through PSN, a broad spectrum of stakeholders work together to identify the most pressing violent crime problems in the community and develop comprehensive solutions to address them. As part of this strategy, PSN focuses enforcement efforts on the most violent offenders and partners with locally based prevention and reentry programs for lasting reductions in crime.

Updated November 10, 2022

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