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

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Friday, March 6, 2020

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

Jackson, Miss. – Charles Jones, 27, of Jackson, pled guilty yesterday before U.S. District Judge Henry T. Wingate to being a felon in possession of a firearm, announced U.S. Attorney Mike Hurst and Special Agent in Charge Michelle Sutphin with the Federal Bureau of Investigation in Mississippi.

On April 27, 2019, officers with the Jackson Police Department stopped Jones after he caused a disturbance at a residence.  Officers recovered a firearm from him during a search incident to his arrest.  It is illegal for Jones to possess a firearm as he has convictions in Hinds County for armed robbery and vehicle burglary in 2011 and for another vehicle burglary in 2012. 

Jones will be sentenced by Judge Wingate on June 3, 2020, and faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

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

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) and Project Guardian. 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. Project Guardian draws upon the Department’s past successful programs to reduce gun violence; enhances coordination of federal, state, local, and tribal authorities in investigating and prosecuting gun crimes; improves information-sharing by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives when a prohibited individual attempts to purchase a firearm and is denied by the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS), to include taking appropriate actions when a prospective purchaser is denied by the NICS for mental health reasons; and ensures that federal resources are directed at the criminals posing the greatest threat to our communities.

Topic(s): 
Firearms Offenses
Project Guardian
Project Safe Neighborhoods
Updated March 9, 2020