Jackson, Miss. – Justin Darby, 37, of Jackson, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Henry T. Wingate to 156 months in federal prison, followed by 5 years of supervised release, for carjacking and using a firearm to facilitate the carjacking, announced U.S. Attorney Mike Hurst and Michelle A. Sutphin, Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation in Mississippi. Darby was also ordered to pay a $1,500.00 fine.
On December 11, 2017, in Hinds County, Justin Darby crashed into the rear of another vehicle at the intersection of Lynch Street and Highway 80, forced the driver of that vehicle out of that car, and fled the scene. Darby was carrying a military style rifle when he carjacked the other vehicle.
This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Jackson Police Department. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Lynn Murray and Bert Carraway.
This case is part of Project EJECT, an initiative by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Mississippi under the U.S. Department of Justice’s Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN). EJECT is a holistic, multi-disciplinary approach to fighting and reducing violent crime through prosecution, prevention, re-entry and awareness. EJECT stands for "Empower Justice Expel Crime Together." PSN is bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. Former Attorney General Jeff Sessions 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.