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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, September 6, 2018

Jackson Man Sentenced to Over Four Years in Federal Prison under Project EJECT

 

Jackson, Mississippi – Jeremy Jerome Fletcher, 28, of Jackson, was sentenced today by United States District Judge Tom S. Lee, to 51 months in federal prison, followed by three years of supervised release, for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, announced U.S. Attorney Mike Hurst and Special Agent in Charge Christopher Freeze with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).

On or about December 13, 2017, officers of the Jackson Police Department conducted a traffic stop on Highway 80 near Valley Street in Jackson, Mississippi, of a vehicle occupied by three (3) individuals. The front seat passenger was Jeremy Jerome Fletcher. Upon running a check, it was determined that the driver had active warrants out of Carroll County and both Fletcher and the rear passenger had warrants for traffic violations. All were arrested and an inventory of the vehicle revealed a loaded .22 caliber revolver inside a yellow towel underneath the front passenger seat. Fletcher gave a confession that the .22 caliber revolver was his. He further stated he purchased it approximately one month prior for $65.00.

Fletcher was previously convicted of robbery in 2017 in the Circuit Court of Rankin County, Mississippi. He was on probation at the time of this offense.

This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation with assistance from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. It was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Keesha D. Middleton.

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 in Jackson through prosecution, prevention, re-entry and awareness. EJECT stands for "Empower Jackson Expel Crime Together." PSN is a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. 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 September 6, 2018