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Jackson Man Pleads Guilty to Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon and Possession of Marijuana with Intent to Distribute
JACKSON, MS – A Jackson man pleaded guilty today to Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon and Possession of Marijuana with Intent to Distribute.
According to court documents, Gregory L. Randle, 30, on December 3, 2021, fled from a traffic safety checkpoint resulting in a pursuit by the Mississippi Highway Patrol. Law enforcement officers apprehended Randle after a short chase and discovered a firearm and several pounds of marijuana in his vehicle.
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives continued the investigation into the firearm and the marijuana. Randle plead guilty to a violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 922(g)(1) which criminalizes the possession of firearms by convicted felons.
Randle also plead guilty to a violation of Title 21, United States Code, Section 841(a)(1) which criminalizes the possession of controlled substances, including marijuana, with the intent to distribute.
He is scheduled to be sentenced December 13, 2022, and faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison for the firearm charge and a maximum penalty of 5 years in prison for the controlled substances charge.
A federal district court judge will determine any sentence after considering the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors. U.S. Attorney Darren J. LaMarca of the Southern District of Mississippi; and Special Agent in Charge Kurt H. Thielhorn of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives made the announcement.
The Mississippi Highway Patrol and the ATF investigated the case.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Charles W. Kirkham is prosecuting the case. This case is being prosecuted as part of the joint federal, state, and local Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) Program, the centerpiece of the Department of Justice’s violent crime reduction efforts.
PSN is an evidence-based program proven to be effective at reducing violent crime. Through PSN, a broad spectrum of stakeholders work together to identify the most pressing violent crime problems in the community and develop comprehensive solutions to address them. As part of this strategy, PSN focuses enforcement efforts on the most violent offenders and partners with locally based prevention and reentry programs for lasting reductions in crime.
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