Jackson, Miss. – Michael Mays a/k/a Michael Mayes, 35, of Jackson, was sentenced today by U.S. District Tom S. Lee to 30 months in prison and a $1500 fine for knowingly selling a firearm to a felon, announced Acting U.S. Attorney Darren J. LaMarca and Special Agent in Charge Michelle Sutphin of the Federal Bureau of Investigation in Mississippi.
According to court documents, on or about July 19, 2018, Mays knowingly sold a firearm in Jackson to a convicted felon.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation investigated the case.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Lynn Murray prosecuted the case.
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.