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Jefferson Davis County Man Arrested On Federal Gun Charges

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

Hattiesburg, Miss - Dennis Earl Smith, Jr., 33, or Prentiss, was arrested today pursuant to an indictment charging him with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, announced U.S. Attorney Gregory K. Davis and Phillip Durham, Special Agent in Charge of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

Smith will appear for an arraignment on Monday, August 5 at 10:30 a.m. before U.S. Magistrate Judge Michael T. Parker in Hattiesburg.

The maximum penalty for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon is ten years in prison and $250,000 fine.

This case is the result of an investigation by the Lamar County Sheriff’s Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. It is prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Annette Williams.
The public is reminded that an indictment is merely an accusation and the defendant is presumed innocent unless proven guilty.


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