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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, March 2, 2018

Vicksburg Man Sentenced for Illegally Possessing a Firearm

Jackson, Miss. – Jermaine Franklin, 36, of Vicksburg, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Carlton W. Reeves to 60 months in federal prison followed by three years of supervised release for being a felon in possession of a firearm, announced U.S. Attorney Mike Hurst and Special Agent in Charge Dana Nichols with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

On January 23, 2016, officers with the Vicksburg Police Department conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle driven by Jermaine Franklin. Following the traffic stop, Franklin fled the area on foot but was later apprehended. Officers recovered a loaded 9mm firearm, cocaine and a quantity of U.S. currency from the vehicle. Franklin was arrested and charged.

On June 21, 2017, a federal grand jury indicted Franklin on two counts – being a felon in possession of a firearm and possessing with intent to distribute cocaine hydrochloride. On December 7, 2017, Franklin pled guilty to illegally possessing a firearm as a felon. He had been previously convicted of Accessory After the Fact to Armed Robbery on March 1, 1999, and Being a Felon in Possession of a Firearm on November 19, 2004, in Warren County Circuit Court

The case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Vicksburg Police Department. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Erin Chalk.

Updated March 2, 2018