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Department of Justice

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

For Immediate Release

Tuesday, August 17, 2021
Darren J. LaMarca
, United States Attorney

Natchez Man Sentenced to 18 Months in Federal Prison for Possessing a Firearm as a Convicted Felon

Jackson, Miss – A Natchez man was sentenced today to 18 months in prison, followed by 3 years of supervised release, for possessing a firearm as a convicted felon, announced Acting United States Attorney Darren LaMarca and Kurt Thielhorn, Special Agent in Charge of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

According to court documents, Albert Burnell Chatman, 26, possessed a firearm in his truck when he reported to his probation officer. Chatman had previously been convicted of house burglary and was sentenced to 7 years in the custody of the Mississippi Department of Corrections, but those 7 years were suspended, and Chatman was ordered to supervised probation.

Chatman was charged in a federal criminal indictment with possessing a firearm as a convicted felon. He pled guilty on April 29, 2021.

The Mississippi Department of Corrections, Natchez Police Department, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives investigated the case.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Bert Carraway 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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