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

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Jackson, Miss. – A Dekalb, Mississippi man pleaded guilty to possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, 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, Cordexster Antonio Grace, 27, was found in possession of a firearm by a Lauderdale County Sheriff’s Deputy on March 12, 2021, during a traffic stop.  Grace had a .22 caliber revolver in his jacket pocket.  Grace had a prior felony conviction for aggravated assault and was under the supervision of the Mississippi Department of Corrections at the time.  As a convicted felon it is contrary to federal law for Grave to possess any firearm.

Grace pleaded guilty to a violation of Title 18, United States Code, Sections 922(g)(1) and 924(a)(2) which criminalize the possession of firearms by convicted felons. He is scheduled to be sentenced on February 16, 2022 and faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison. A federal district judge will determine any sentence after considering the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.

The Lauderdale County Sheriff’s Office and the ATF are investigating the case.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Charles W. Kirkham is prosecuting 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.