Jackson Man Pleads Guilty Under Project EJECT to Illegally Possessing a Firearm
Jackson, Miss. – Adrian Charleston, 24, of Jackson, entered a guilty plea on Friday, April 5, 2019 before Chief U.S. District Judge Daniel P. Jordan to being a felon in possession of a firearm, announced U.S. Attorney Mike Hurst and Special Agent in Charge Dana K. Nichols with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
Charleston was previously convicted of manslaughter in Hinds County in 2013 and was sentenced to serve twenty years in the custody of the Mississippi Department of Corrections with fifteen of those years suspended. On June 30, 2018, Charleston possessed a firearm and tried to hide the evidence by discarding the firearm in a dumpster before being caught by law enforcement.
Charleston will be sentenced by Chief Judge Jordan on July 19, 2019 at 9:00 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 Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Jackson Police Department investigated the case. It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Andrew W. Eichner.