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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, May 16, 2019

Jackson Man Pleads Guilty Under Project EJECT to Illegally Possessing a Gun

Convicted Felon Became Impatient at Drive-Thru, Showed a Firearm to Store Employee

Jackson, Miss. – Mackee Donell Jefferson, 37, of Jackson, pled guilty today before Senior U.S. District Court Judge Tom S. Lee to being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm, announced U.S. Attorney Mike Hurst and Special Agent in Charge Christopher Freeze with the Federal Bureau of Investigation in Mississippi.

On September 14, 2018, Jefferson was waiting in line at a fast food restaurant in Jackson. He became irritated at the long wait in the drive-thru line and approached the drive-thru window. He then produced a black handgun and tapped on the drive-thru window, in an apparent attempt to accelerate his fast food service. A restaurant employee called the Jackson Police Department and officers responded. The officers questioned Jefferson and he admitted to possessing a gun. Jefferson has prior felony convictions for auto burglary in Rankin County and auto theft in Hinds County.

Mackee is currently in custody and will be sentenced by Judge Lee on August 15, 2019 at 9:00 a.m. He faces a maximum penalty of ten years in prison and a $250,000.00 fine.

The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Bert Carraway.

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.

 

Topic(s): 
Firearms Offenses
Project Safe Neighborhoods
Updated May 16, 2019