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Department of Justice

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

For Immediate Release

Thursday, July 19, 2018
Bobby L. Christine
, United States Attorney

Felon with Over 50 Prior Convictions Sentenced to 225 Months in Federal Prison for Possessing Firearm

Career Criminal Sentenced to Serve 18.75 Years in Prison After Being Convicted in One Day Jury Trial

SAVANNAH, GA:    United States Attorney Bobby L. Christine announces the conviction and sentence of John Jordan, Jr. (52), of Bloomingdale, Georgia.  Today, United States District Judge Lisa Godbey Wood sentenced John Jordan, Jr. to 225 months in federal prison for being a felon in possession of a firearm.  Earlier this year, a jury deliberated less than an hour before finding him guilty of the charge.  When he is released from prison, he will be on Court supervision for three years.  There is no parole in the federal system. 

As outlined at the sentencing hearing and trial, on April 28, 2016, Savannah Chatham Police Officers responded to the scene of a one vehicle crash in Savannah, Georgia.  Upon arrival, they found John Jordan, Jr., trapped in the vehicle.  After first responders cut him loose from the vehicle, paramedics transported him to the hospital.  During transport, one of the paramedics observed a firearm tucked into Jordan’s waistband.  A paramedic secured it; and police later collected it as evidence.  Jordan was prohibited from possessing a firearm because he was a convicted felon. 

At sentencing, federal prosecutors argued for a significant sentence based on the serious nature of the offense and the defendant’s criminal history that included over fifty prior convictions, including over 20 felony state convictions, over 33 misdemeanor state convictions, and multiple violations of parole and probation.  Among Mr. Jordan’s many crimes, he previously fought a female police officer and bent her finger back breaking the bone and tendons, rendering it useless.

In sentencing Mr. Jordan, Judge Wood emphasized that in her eleven years on the bench, Mr. Jordan had the second most extensive criminal history she had ever encountered.

United States Attorney Bobby L. Christine states:  “For decades Mr. Jordan has been a menace.  He has burglarized a home, stole vehicles, drove while intoxicated, threatened citizens and police officers, escaped from custody, beat people, obstructed justice, committed arson, and possessed a firearm in violation of the law.  Today, his decades of criminal activity have caught up with him; and now he has almost two decades of prison time to reflect on the life he has lived.  Let this sentence serve as a message to other menaces in our community:  Gun Crime Equals Jail Time.”   

ATF Resident Agent in Charge Tim Graden states:  “John Jordan Jr. has made a career out of breaking the law.  The sentence that Jordan received represents the seriousness of his crimes. ATF’s mission is to bring criminals like Jordan to justice.  We will continue to collaborate with the U.S. Attorney’s Office and the Savannah Police Department in order to reduce violent crime in our community.”

This case was investigated by the Savannah Police Department (previously Savannah Chatham Metropolitan Police Department), and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Matthew Josephson and Greg Gilluly.  For any questions, please contact the United States Attorney’s Office at (912) 652-4422.


Atlanta Field Division