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Department of Justice

U.S. Attorney's Office
Southern District of Mississippi
Todd W. Gee, United States Attorney
For Immediate Release
Wednesday, May 1, 2024

Magnolia Man Pleads Guilty to Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon

Jackson, Miss. – A Magnolia man pled guilty to possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

According to court documents, Edward Dewayne Cockerham, 35, of Magnolia, Mississippi was found in possession of a firearm by Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics agents and a Pike County Sheriff’s deputy during a traffic stop.  Cockerham had a prior felony conviction for failing to support minor children and was on supervised probation at the time he possessed the firearm.

Cockerham was indicted by a federal grand jury for possessing the firearm as a convicted felon.  He is scheduled to be sentenced on August 1, 2024, and faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in federal prison. A federal district court judge will determine any sentence after considering the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.

U.S. Attorney Todd W. Gee of the Southern District of Mississippi and Special Agent in Charge Joshua Jackson of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives made the announcement.

The Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics, Pike County Sheriff’s Office, and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives investigated the case.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Bert Carraway prosecuted the case.

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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