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Picayune Man Pleads Guilty under Project EJECT to Illegal Possession of Firearm

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

Jackson, Miss. – Dewayne Yates, 28, of Picayune, pled guilty today before U.S. District Judge Henry T. Wingate to being a felon in possession of a firearm, announced U.S. Attorney Mike Hurst and Special Agent in Charge Michelle A. Sutphin with the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

On March 31, 2017, Yates was found in possession of a firearm during an administrative checkpoint in Jackson.  He was previously convicted of felonious aggravated assault with a gun in Hinds County.  On March 5, 2019, Yates was charged in a federal criminal indictment with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. 

Yates will be sentenced by Judge Wingate on November 21, 2019 at 9:00 a.m.  He faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Jackson Police Department.  It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Andrew W. Eichner.

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 August 19, 2019

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