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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Southern District of Mississippi

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Pass Christian Convicted Felon Sentenced for Possessing Ammunition

Gulfport, Miss – Cornell Demidridous Smith, 40, of Pass Christian, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Louis Guirola, Jr., to 30 months in federal prison followed by three years of supervised release for being a felon in possession of ammunition, announced U.S. Attorney Mike Hurst and Special Agent in Charge Dana Nichols with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.  Smith was also ordered to pay a $5,000 fine.

On February 3, 2018, Pass Christian Police officers executed a search warrant at the home of Smith as part of a homicide investigation.  The officers found Smith at a table with bullets.  Smith was previously convicted of manslaughter in Walthall County, Mississippi, and is therefore prohibited from having ammunition. 

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

Updated February 13, 2019