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Jackson Man Sentenced to Ten Years in Prison for Illegally Possessing a Gun

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

Jackson, Miss. –  A Jackson man was sentenced to 120 months in federal prison for possessing a firearm as a convicted felon, announced Acting U.S. Attorney Darren J. LaMarca and Michelle Sutphin, Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation in Mississippi.

According to court documents, Travaris Devon Bishop, 36, was arrested by the Jackson Police Department on January 9, 2020, with a firearm in his possession.  The arrest was made during an investigation into criminal activity in a local neighborhood. Bishop had two previous convictions for house burglary and was prohibited from possessing a firearm.

On August 11, 2021, Bishop was charged in a federal criminal indictment with being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm. He pled guilty on July 12, 2021.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation investigated the case.

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

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

Updated August 3, 2021

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