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Pascagoula Man Pleads Guilty to Being an Unlawful User of Controlled Substances in Possession of a Firearm

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


Gulfport, Miss – Byron Ratliff, Jr., 20, of Pascagoula, Mississippi, pled guilty today before U.S. District Judge Sul Ozerden to being an unlawful user of controlled substances in possession of a firearm, announced U. S. Attorney Mike Hurst and Special Agent in Charge Dana Nichols of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

Ratliff will be sentenced by Judge Ozerden on October 4, 2018 at 10:00 a.m., and faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

The case arose when the Pascagoula Police Department responded to a shots fired report on April 5, 2018. Based on witness descriptions of the car involved, police identified Ratliff as the shooter along with two others in the car in possession of marijuana and two firearms. Both guns were reported stolen out of Long Beach, Mississippi just a few hours before the shooting incident.

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

Updated June 25, 2018