Thursday, March 28, 2019

Jackson Man Pleads Guilty to Illegally Possessing a Firearm under Project EJECT

Jackson, Miss. – Andrew Rollins, 28, of Jackson, pled guilty yesterday before U.S. District Judge Carlton W. Reeves to being a felon in possession of a firearm, announced U.S. Attorney Mike Hurst and Special Agent in Charge Christopher Freeze with the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

On August 22, 2018, Rollins was found in possession of a firearm at a Food Mart located in Jackson and attempted to conceal his possession of the gun from law enforcement by handing it off to a third person. Rollins was previously convicted of felonious house burglary in Hinds County and was sentenced to serve sixteen years in the custody of Mississippi Department of Corrections with eight of those years suspended.

Rollins will be sentenced by Judge Reeves on June 27, 2019 at 9:30 a.m. He faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

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.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation and Jackson Police Department investigated the case. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Andrew W. Eichner.

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