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Jackson Man Sentenced under Project EJECT to over 4 Years in Federal Prison for Illegally Possessing a Firearm as a Convicted Felon
Defendant Threatened Another with Gun, DNA Matched from Previous House Burglary
Jackson, Miss. – Rodney Davis Kimble, 26, of Jackson, was sentenced today by Chief U.S. District Court Judge Daniel P. Jordan III to 50 months in federal prison, followed by three years of supervised release, for being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm, announced U.S. Attorney Mike Hurst and Special Agent in Charge Kurt Thielhorn with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. Kimble was also ordered to pay a $1,500 fine.
On August 8, 2017, officers with the Jackson Police Department responded to a burglary alarm on Southland Drive in Jackson. At the scene, the resident reported a .380 caliber Taurus had been stolen. JPD’s Crime Scene Unit collected evidence, including blood samples, from the crime scene. On September 3, 2017, officers were dispatched to West McDowell Road, where Rodney Davis Kimble had threatened an individual with a gun. Kimble was arrested and charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. The firearm in Kimble’s possession matched the description of the stolen firearm. Following his arrest, law enforcement matched Kimble’s DNA to that recovered at the scene of the burglary on August 8. Kimble confessed to the crime when confronted with the DNA evidence. Kimble was charged with house burglary and convicted in the Circuit Court of Hinds County in September 2018. Kimble had previously been convicted in Hinds County of house burglary in 2012, and business burglary in 2015.
The case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and the Jackson Police Department. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Kimberly T. Purdie.
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.