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Jackson Man Sentenced for Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon

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

Jackson, Miss. – A Jackson man was sentenced to 56 months in federal prison for being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm, announced Acting U.S. Attorney Darren LaMarca and Special Agent in Charge Kurt Thielhorn of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF). 

According to court documents, Cervante Lashum Thomas, 44, admitted to ATF agents that he had possessed the firearm recovered by Jackson Police Department officers from a crime scene in Jackson.  Thomas has previous state court felony convictions for vehicle burglary, possessing stolen property, armed robbery, and being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Thomas pled guilty on July 8, 2021 to possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives investigated the case.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Lynn Murray prosecuted the case.

This case was prosecuted as part of the federal, state, and local Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) Program.  The centerpiece of the Department of Justice’s crime reduction efforts, PSN is an evidence-based program proven effective at reducing violent crime. Through PSN, a broad spectrum of stakeholders work together and develop comprehensive solutions. As part of this strategy, PSN focuses enforcement efforts and partners with locally based prevention and reentry programs for lasting reductions in crime.

Updated November 3, 2021

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