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Department of Justice

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

For Immediate Release

Tuesday, January 18, 2022
Darren J. LaMarca
, United States Attorney

Saucier Man Sentenced to Prison for Being a Felon in Possession of a Firearm

Gulfport, Miss. – A Saucier man was sentenced to 37 months in prison for being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm, announced U. S. Attorney Darren J. LaMarca and Special Agent in Charge Kurt Thielhorn of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

According to court documents, on April 20, 2020, Christopher Michael Gelston, 40, knowingly possessed a Ruger 9mm pistol after having been previously convicted of a felony. Gelson pled guilty on September 28, 2021, to being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm.

Gelston’s prior felony convictions included a December, 2012 conviction in the Circuit Court for Baltimore County, Towson, Maryland, on one count of firearm possession with felony conviction and one count of rifle/shotgun possession with felony conviction.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives investigated the case.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Andrea Jones prosecuted the case.

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