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Jackson Man Sentenced to Over Five Years in Prison Under Project EJECT for Illegally Possessing Firearms as a Felon

Jackson, Miss. – Nathaniel Teddy Brown, 37, of Jackson, was sentenced today by Chief U.S. District Judge Daniel P. Jordan III to 68 months in federal prison, followed by three years supervised release, for being a felon in possession of firearms, announced U.S. Attorney Mike Hurst and Special Agent in Charge Kirk Thielhorn with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF). Brown was also ordered to pay a $1500 fine.

On July 2, 2016, Jackson Police officers arrested Brown during a checkpoint operation on U.S. Highway 80 in Jackson for possessing a Raven Arms, .25 caliber semiautomatic pistol and a Smith and Wesson handgun. Brown had a previous felony conviction in Hinds County for possession of cocaine with intent to distribute.

The ATF adopted the case from the Jackson Police Department for federal prosecution. On October 19, 2018, during the arrest of Brown for the July 2, 2016 charge, Brown had four additional handguns in plain sight at his home. Brown was indicted and pled guilty before Judge Jordan on April 4, 2019, to possession of firearms by a convicted felon.

This case was investigated by the ATF, the U.S. Marshals Service’s Gulf Coast Regional Fugitive Task Force, and the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics. Assistant United States Attorney Glenda R. Haynes prosecuted the case.

This case is part of Project EJECT, an initiative by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Mississippi under the U.S. Department of Justice’s Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN). EJECT is a holistic, multi-disciplinary approach to fighting and reducing violent crime through prosecution, prevention, re-entry and awareness. EJECT stands for “Empower Justice Expel Crime Together.” PSN is bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. Former Attorney General Jeff Sessions reinvigorated PSN in 2017 as part of the Department’s renewed focus on targeting violent criminals, directing all U.S. Attorney’s Offices to work in partnership with federal, state, local, and tribal law enforcement and the local community to develop effective, locally-based strategies to reduce violent crime.

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