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Department of Justice

U.S. Attorney's Office
Southern District of Mississippi

For Immediate Release

Thursday, December 9, 2021
Darren J. LaMarca (Acting)
, United States Attorney

Columbus Man Sentenced to Over 3 Years in Prison for Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon

Jackson, Miss. – A Columbus, man was sentenced to 41 months in prison for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, announced U.S. Attorney Darren J. LaMarca, and Special Agent in Charge Kurt H. Thielhorn of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF).

According to court documents, Greggory LaShawn Gavin, 44, was found in possession of a firearm by United States Marshals on November 9, 2020, while Gavin was being served with an arrest warrant for an unrelated criminal charge.  Gavin had a .38 caliber pistol in his pocket.  Gavin has four prior felony convictions.  As a convicted felon, it is contrary to federal law for Gavin to possess any firearm.

The United States Marshals Service and the ATF investigated the case.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Charles W. Kirkham prosecuted 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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