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

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Jackson Man Sentenced under Project EJECT to 10 Years in Federal Prison for Illegally Possessing a Firearm as a Convicted Felon

Jackson, Miss – Deviassi Adams, 41, of Jackson, was sentenced yesterday by U.S. District Judge Henry T. Wingate to 120 months in federal prison, followed by 3 years of supervised release, for possessing a firearm as a convicted felon, announced U.S. Attorney Mike Hurst and Michelle A. Sutphin, Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

On September 10, 2018, just before dawn, the United States Marshals Service Gulf Coast Regional Fugitive Task Force arrived at a home in the City of Jackson to serve a felony arrest warrant on Adams.  During the arrest, task force members observed two firearms: a pistol on the bed Adams had occupied and an AR-style rifle protruding from beneath the bed.  In a subsequent interview, Adams confessed to possessing both firearms.  Adams was previously convicted in Hinds County, Mississippi, of manslaughter, sale of cocaine, perjury, racketeering and other felony crimes.

The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Bert Carraway.

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 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.  Former 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.

Firearms Offenses
Project Safe Neighborhoods
Updated October 23, 2019