Jackson, Miss. – Charles Brown, Jr. 42, of Jackson, was sentenced today by United States District Judge Carlton W. Reeves to 18 months in prison, followed by 3 years of supervised release, for being a felon in possession of a firearm, announced U.S. Attorney Mike Hurst and Dana Nichols, Special Agent in Charge, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco Firearms and Explosives. Brown was also ordered to pay a $1,000.00 fine.
On June 25, 2017, Charles Brown, Jr. arrived at the Jackson Police Department with a female identified as T.W. Brown was bringing her to JPD because he believed T.W. had information about a crime that had been committed. Brown is not a member of any law enforcement agency. Brown was seen wearing a bulletproof vest walking towards a 2000 maroon Jeep Grand Cherokee. An officer noticed that the vehicle had police dashboard lights on the front windshield. Officers asked Brown if he had a firearm inside the vehicle and he responded that he did. An inventory of the vehicle was conducted and a Rohm RG38 .38 caliber firearm with serial number 85594 as well as Winchester box that contained 28 rounds of ammunition were found.
On April 4, 2018, an indictment was filed charging Brown with being a felon in possession of a firearm. He had been previously convicted of shooting into an occupied dwelling in 2004, in Hinds County Circuit Court. Brown pled guilty before Judge Reeves on February 5, 2019.
U.S. Attorney Hurst commended the work of the Jackson Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation and their cooperation with ATF agents and Project EJECT task force members. AUSA Erin Chalk is prosecuting the case.
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.