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Moss Point Man Sentenced to Federal Prison for Illegally Possessing Firearm After Bringing Stolen Firearm to a Police Station

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

Gulfport, Miss. – Kevin LaMarcus Mitchell, 20, of Moss Point, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Louis Guirola, Jr., to 21 months in prison, followed by 3 years of post-release supervision, after having pled guilty to illegally possessing a firearm as an unlawful user of controlled substances, announced U.S. Attorney Mike Hurst and Special Agent in Charge of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Dana Nichols. Mitchell was also ordered to pay a $5,500 fine.

On April 6, 2018, Mitchell went to the Pascagoula Police Department with his twin brother Tevin Mitchell and Joseph Smith to retrieve firearms seized by the police on March 31, 2018. During that visit, Pascagoula Police officers and agents with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives arrested Tevin Mitchell and Smith for being unlawful users of controlled substances with guns from the prior incident. While doing an inventory search of Smith’s car, police found a gun stolen from St. Tammany Parish, Louisiana, under Kevin Mitchell’s seat. Mitchell admitted in an interview that he smoked marijuana regularly. Mitchell admitted to a friend in a recorded call that he brought the gun to the police station.

Pascagoula Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives investigated the case. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Annette Williams.

Updated October 30, 2018