Jackson Man Sentenced for Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon and Possession of Marijuana with Intent to Distribute
Jackson, Miss – A Vicksburg man was sentenced to 8 years in federal prison for making false statements to a licensed firearms dealer, putting false information on an official form, and receiving a firearm while under felony indictment, announced United States Attorney Darren LaMarca and Special Agent in Charge Jermicha Fomby of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
According to evidence presented at trial, on February 26, 2020, Cadrius Baker, 24, attempted to purchase a firearm from a Vicksburg retailer. Baker filled out and signed ATF Form 4473, an official form used for background checks for firearms sales. On the form, Baker marked that he was then not under indictment for a felony crime whereas in truth and in fact, he was under two separate felony indictments. The firearm sale was denied.
A background check revealed that approximately three years prior, in January 2017, a Warren County grand jury returned a three-count indictment against Baker and two others for conspiracy to commit a felony, aggravated assault, and armed carjacking. Following that indictment, in July 2017, Baker was again indicted by a Warren County grand jury for vehicle burglary.
After denial of the purchase in February of 2020, narcotics officers of the Vicksburg Police Department observed Baker in March of 2020 conducting drug transactions in a parking lot in Vicksburg. After a brief pursuit, Baker was stopped and was found in possession of a firearm.
Baker was charged in a federal indictment. He was tried in U.S. District Court and found guilty.
This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Vicksburg Police Department.
The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Bert Carraway.
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