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Nicholson Man Sentenced to Over 15 years for being a Felon in Possession of Firearm and an Armed Career Criminal

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

Gulfport, Miss. – Ronald Christopher Dressner, 41, of Nicholson, was sentenced on February 21, 2020, by U.S. District Judge Sul Ozerden to 184 months in federal prison, followed by five years of supervised release, for being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm, announced U.S. Attorney Mike Hurst and Special Agent in Charge Kurt Thielhorn with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (“ATF”). Dresser was also ordered to pay a $7,500 fine.

On May 20, 2019, interdiction officers with the South Mississippi Metro Enforcement Team attempted a traffic stop on a vehicle driven by Dressner for a stolen tag.   When the officer attempted to stop the vehicle, Dressnerfled.   Dressner eventually stopped his vehicle and a passenger in the vehicle advised officers that she saw Dressner throw a silver and black handgun out of the passenger window. Officers returned to the location and discovered a Smith & Wesson, .40 caliber pistol loaded with five live rounds. When Dressner was interviewed, he ultimately admitted to throwing the firearm out of the window during the pursuit.  Dressner had previous felony convictions for possession of a controlled substance in the Circuit Court of Pearl River County for which he was sentenced to serve 16 years in the custody of the Mississippi Department of Corrections.  

Dressner was charged in a federal criminal indictment and pled guilty before Judge Ozerden on November 13, 2019.

The Jackson County South Mississippi Metro Enforcement Team and The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives investigated the case. It was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Andrea Jones.

Updated March 4, 2020

Firearms Offenses