Vicksburg Man Sentenced to 34 months in Federal Prison for Possessing a Firearm as a Convicted Felon

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Jackson, Miss. – A Vicksburg man was sentenced to 34 months in federal prison for possessing a firearm as a convicted felon, announced U.S. Attorney Darren J. LaMarca and Special Agent in Charge Jermicha Fomby of the Federal Bureau of Investigation in Mississippi.

According to court documents, on November 15, 2019, Vicksburg Police officers and FBI Task Force officers apprehended Hakeem Burnett, 31, in Vicksburg pursuant to a warrant for violating the Hinds County, Mississippi Drug Court program.  Burnett was in possession of a firearm at the time he was apprehended.  Burnett has previous convictions for house burglary and possessing a firearm as a convicted felon.

The FBI and Vicksburg Police Department investigated the case.

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

This case is being prosecuted as part of the joint federal, state, and local Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) Program, the centerpiece of the Department of Justice’s violent crime reduction efforts. PSN is an evidence-based program proven to be effective at reducing violent

crime. Through PSN, a broad spectrum of stakeholders work together to identify the most pressing violent crime problems in the community and develop comprehensive solutions to address them. As part of this strategy, PSN focuses enforcement efforts on the most violent offenders and partners with locally based prevention and reentry programs for lasting reductions in crime.