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Jackson Man Pleads Guilty under Project EJECT to Illegally Possessing a Firearm

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

Jackson, Miss. – Charles Brown, Jr. 42, of Jackson, pled guilty yesterday before United States District Judge Carlton W. Reeves to being a felon in possession of a firearm, announced U.S. Attorney Mike Hurst and Dana Nichols, Special Agent in Charge, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco Firearms and Explosives.

On June 25, 2017, Charles Brown, Jr. arrived at the Jackson Police Department ("JPD") with a female identified as "T.W." Brown stated that he was bringing her to JPD because he believed "T.W." had information about a crime that had been committed. Brown was seen wearing a bulletproof vest walking towards a maroon 2000 Jeep Grand Cherokee. A JPD officer noticed that the vehicle had police dashboard lights on the front windshield. Brown is not a member of any law enforcement agency. JPD officers asked Brown if he had a firearm inside the vehicle and he responded that he did. An inventory of the vehicle was conducted and a Rohm RG38 .38 caliber firearm and a Winchester box containing 28 rounds of ammunition were found.

On April 4, 2018, an indictment was filed charging Brown with being a felon in possession of a firearm. Brown was previously convicted in Hinds County Circuit Court for shooting into an occupied dwelling.

Brown is scheduled to be sentenced by Judge Reeves on May 17, 2019 and faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in federal 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 in Jackson through prosecution, prevention, re-entry and awareness. EJECT stands for "Empower Jackson Expel Crime Together." PSN is program 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.

U.S. Attorney Hurst commended the work of the Jackson Police Department and their cooperation with agents of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, as well as Project EJECT task force members. Assistant U.S. Attorney Erin Chalk is prosecuting the case.

Updated February 6, 2019

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