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Jackson Man Sentenced under Project EJECT to Illegally Possessing a Gun

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

Jackson, Miss. – Clifton Summers, a/k/a Clifton Horton, 34, of Jackson, was sentenced today by U.S. District Carlton W. Reeves to 34 months in prison, followed by three years of supervised release, for being a felon in possession of a firearm, announced U.S. Attorney Mike Hurst and Michele Sutphin, Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation in Mississippi. Summers was also ordered to pay a $1,000.00 fine.

On June 1, 2018, officers with the Jackson Police Department arrested Summers when he was found in possession of a firearm during a traffic stop.  Upon questioning, Summers admitted to purchasing the firearm and to being a convicted felon.  Summers has previous convictions in Hinds County in 2003 for receiving stolen goods and in 2006 for armed carjacking.  As a convicted felon, it is illegal for him to possess a firearm.  He pleaded guilty before Judge Reeves on January 16, 2020.

This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Lynn Murray.

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) and Project Guardian. 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. Project Guardian draws upon the Department’s past successful programs to reduce gun violence; enhances coordination of federal, state, local, and tribal authorities in investigating and prosecuting gun crimes; improves information-sharing by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives when a prohibited individual attempts to purchase a firearm and is denied by the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS), to include taking appropriate actions when a prospective purchaser is denied by the NICS for mental health reasons; and ensures that federal resources are directed at the criminals posing the greatest threat to our communities.

Updated May 20, 2020

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