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Two Jackson Residents Sentenced to Prison For Use of a Firearm During a Drug Trafficking Offense

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

Jackson, Miss - Anthony Watson, 26, and Joshua Martin, 25, both of Jackson, were sentenced on September 22, 2016 by U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves for using a firearm during a drug trafficking offense, announced U.S. Attorney Gregory K. Davis and Special Agent in Charge Constance Hester Davis with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives.

Watson was sentenced to 300 months in prison followed by five years of supervised release and Martin was sentenced to 336 months in prison followed by 5 years of supervised release. The defendants were also ordered to $14,438.28 in restitution and a $1,500.00 fine. The two men previously pled guilty to an Information charging them with the use of a firearm during a drug trafficking offense.

Watson and Martin admitted to killing Sharod Vaughn, 22, of Jackson, during the early morning hours of August 13, 2013, at 2034 Wisteria Drive in Jackson, Mississippi. Vaughn died of multiple gunshot wounds from the SKS rifle and .45 caliber pistol used by the defendants. The defendants were meeting with Vaughn to exchange the firearms for marijuana when the shooting occurred.

The investigation was led by Special Agent Ray Connor, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives with the assistance of the Jackson Police Department. Contributing to the investigation were the Hinds County Sheriff’s Office and the Mississippi Department of Corrections. Assistant United States Attorneys Mary Helen Wall and Pat Lemon prosecuted the case.

Updated October 5, 2016

Drug Trafficking
Firearms Offenses