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

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Southern District of Mississippi
Defendant Had Five Previous House Burglary Convictions Over Almost a Decade

Jackson, Miss – Demarkis Addison, 33, of Jackson, pled guilty today before Senior U.S. District Court Judge Tom S. Lee to possessing a firearm as a convicted felon, announced U.S. Attorney Mike Hurst and Kurt Thielhorn, Special Agent in Charge of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

While a United States Marshals Task Force was searching for a wanted man on February 6, 2019, in Jackson, a man fitting the description was observed getting into a car at America’s Best Inn located on Interstate 55.  As Task Force Officers approached the man to determine whether he was wanted by the United States Marshals, the man ran on foot and was observed tossing a handgun.  Officers caught the individual, Demarkis Addison, and determined he was a convicted felon at the time he was observed by the Task Force with the handgun.  Addison was previously convicted of five separate house burglaries between November 2004 and February 2013.

On May 15, 2019, Addison was charged in a federal indictment with possessing a firearm after having been convicted previously of a felony.

Addison will be sentenced on January 30, 2020, by Judge Lee, and faces a maximum statutory penalty of ten years in prison and a $250,000 fine.  If it is determined that Addison’s previous house burglary convictions qualify him as an armed career criminal, Addison must be sentenced to a term of imprisonment not less than 15 years and may be sentenced to imprisonment for life.

The case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Bert Carraway.


Updated November 5, 2019

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