Department of Justice
For Immediate Release
Philadelphia Felon Sentenced to Nine Years in Prison After Conviction for Illegally Possessing a Firearm
PHILADELPHIA – United States Attorney Jacqueline C. Romero announced that Asa Jackson, 40, of Philadelphia, PA, was sentenced to nine years in prison and three years of supervised release by United States District Court Judge Mark A. Kearney for illegally possessing a loaded firearm.
In March 2022, a jury convicted Jackson of unlawfully possessing a firearm after having been previously convicted of a felony. The charges stemmed from an incident in May 2020 in the Harrowgate section of Philadelphia during which Philadelphia Police officers responded to a 911 call that someone had assaulted two women inside a Frankford Avenue corner store and threatened them with a firearm. When officers arrived, they observed a man one block away who fit the description in the call, later identified as Jackson. When Jackson saw the police, he ducked between two parked vehicles and dropped the firearm to the ground. Police apprehended Jackson and recovered a loaded pistol. At the time of his arrest, Archie had previously been convicted of a felony which barred him from legally possessing a firearm.
“Reducing violent crime – especially gun crime – is a priority for our Office, and deterring individuals from illegally carrying weapons on the streets of Philadelphia is part of our strategy,” said U.S. Attorney Romero. “We are committed to working with the Philadelphia Police Department and other law enforcement partners to target the most dangerous, repeat offenders and bring them to justice.”
“This sentence ensures that a violent criminal is taken off the streets for a long time,” said Matthew Varisco, Special Agent in Charge of ATF’s Philadelphia Field Division. “Keeping our communities safe from violent felons like Jackson will always be our top priority. This outcome highlights the value of the collaborative effort with our local, state, and federal partners to reduce violent crime.”
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 make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. The Department of Justice 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.
The case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, and the Philadelphia Police Department and is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Tiwana Wright.