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Meridian Man Sentenced Under Project EJECT to Over 3 Years in Prison for Illegally Possessing Firearms

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Southern District of Mississippi
Violent Convicted Felon Found with Multiple Firearms after Search Warrant

Jackson, Miss. – Patrick Emanuel Battle, Sr., 48, of Meridian, was sentenced today by U.S. District Court Judge Carlton W. Reeves to 42 months in federal prison, followed by three years of supervised release, for being a felon in possession of firearms, announced U.S. Attorney Mike Hurst and Kirk Thielhorn, Special Agent in Charge of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.  Battle was also ordered to pay a $1,200 fine.

On November 15, 2018, deputies with the Lauderdale County Sheriff’s Office executed a search warrant at Battle’s home after they received information and pictures showing that Battle, a previously-convicted felon, was illegally in possession of multiple firearms.  As a result of the search, five weapons, including a semi-automatic shotgun equipped with a large magazine, were found in the home.  Battle has prior felony convictions for burglary of an automobile, possession of marijuana, and aggravated assault.

This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Charles W. Kirkham.

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.

Updated July 18, 2019

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