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Department of Justice

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

For Immediate Release

Thursday, January 5, 2023
Darren J. LaMarca
, United States Attorney

Jackson Man Pleads Guilty to Carjacking and Brandishing a Firearm in Relation to a Crime of Violence

Jackson, Miss. – A Jackson man pleaded guilty today to carjacking and brandishing a firearm in relation to a crime of violence, announced U.S. Attorney Darren LaMarca and Special Agent in Charge Kurt Thielhorn of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF).

According to court documents, David Demazzio Tyler, 32, carjacked an 81-year-old victim at gunpoint in Clinton, Mississippi on December 2, 2021.

On March 22, 2022, a federal grand jury indicted Tyler for armed carjacking and brandishing a firearm in relation to a crime of violence.

Tyler will be sentenced on April 18, 2023 in U.S. District Court in Jackson. He faces a minimum sentence of seven years in prison and a maximum sentence of life in prison. A federal district judge will determine any sentence after considering the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.

This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and the Clinton Police Department. It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Jessica S. Terrill.

This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and gun violence, and to make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. On May 26, 2021, the Department launched a violent crime reduction strategy strengthening PSN based on these core principles: fostering trust and legitimacy in our communities, supporting community-based organizations that help prevent violence from occurring in the first place, setting focused and strategic enforcement priorities, and measuring the results.

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