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Southern District of Mississippi

 

Jackson County Man Sentenced to 5 Years in Federal Prison for Possession of Pipe Bombs

Gulfport, Miss – Mark Clayton Bosarge, Jr., 29, of D’Iberville, was sentenced yesterday by U.S. District Judge Louis Guirola, Jr. to 60 months in prison followed by three years of supervised release for possession of a firearm not registered in the National Firearms and Transfer Record, announced U.S. Attorney Mike Hurst and Special Agent in Charge Dana Nichols with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. Bosarge was also ordered to pay an $8,000 fine.

On June 13, 2018, Jackson County Deputies responded to a call from a homeowner in a home formerly occupied by Bosarge. The homeowner found explosive powder, pipes and components for pipe bombs. An investigation by the Bureau of ATF confirmed the homemade explosive HMTD, threaded pipe, and end caps for at least 3 pipe bombs, along with improvised detonators and a control box. When assembled, the devices were capable of causing property damage and injury or death to persons nearby. The devices qualify as firearms under federal statute and must be registered to be legitimately possessed. As a felon, Bosarge is not eligible to register or possess any firearm. Bosarge has prior a felony conviction for grand larceny in Harrison County.

The Jackson County MET Team and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives investigated the case. It was prosecuted by Assistant United Annette Williams.

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