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Jackson Man Sentenced to 73 Months for Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon

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

Jackson, Miss – Willie Lee James, 20, of Jackson, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Daniel P. Jordan III to 73 months in federal prison followed by three years of supervised release for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, U.S. Attorney Gregory K. Davis announced today. He was also ordered to pay a $1500 fine.

Willie Lee James was indicted on September 1, 2015 as part of the Jackson Violent Crime Initiative - a joint initiative between federal, state and local law enforcement agencies who are working together to reduce violent crime in the city of Jackson and to remove violent offenders from the streets of this community. The Initiative is an ongoing operation aimed at making the streets of Jackson and the surrounding communities safe for all citizens. Jackson Violent Crime Initiative partners include the Jackson Police Department, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI), Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), U.S. Marshals Service, Homeland Security Investigations, U.S. Postal Inspection Service, and U.S. Secret Service.

This case was investigated by the Bureau of ATF and the Jackson Police Department. It was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys John M. Dowdy, Jr. and Gregg Kennedy.

Updated January 4, 2016