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Meridian Man Sentenced for Illegal Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon

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


Jackson, Miss – Kahari Scott, 24, of Meridian, Mississippi, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Henry T. Wingate, to serve 64 months in federal prison, followed by three years of supervised release, for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, announced U.S. Attorney Mike Hurst and Special Agent in Charge Dana Nichols with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. Scott was also ordered to pay a $1,500 fine.

On September 23, 2016, Kahari Scott, was traveling west on Old Highway 80 in Meridian, Mississippi. Lauderdale County Sheriff’s Deputy Chris McFarland noticed that Scott was not wearing a seatbelt and pulled the vehicle over. Upon approaching the vehicle, Deputy McFarland noticed a handgun on the passenger seat. When asked for his driver’s license and proof of insurance, Scott stated that he did not have them on him and provided a fictitious name. When Deputy McFarland returned to his vehicle to call dispatch to check for any prior felony convictions, Scott opened the driver door and fled from the scene. Warrants were subsequently issued and Scott was arrested on November 15, 2016.

Scott has a previous conviction in the Circuit Court of Lauderdale County, Mississippi for the felony offense of possession of a stolen firearm.

The case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Lauderdale County Sheriff’s Department. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Keesha D. Middleton.

Updated January 16, 2018