Mississippi thief caught stealing dozens of firearms headed to federal prison

Published 9:49 am Thursday, August 15, 2019

A Mississippi man will spend nearly three years in federal prison for stealing firearms 47 firearms from Mississippi gun dealers and later selling them illegally.

Shawnveon Holiday, 21, of Woodville, Mississippi, was sentenced Tuesday by Senior U.S. District Court Judge David C. Bramlette III to 33 months in prison, followed by three years of supervised release, for conspiring to violate federal firearms laws.

The sentence was announced by U.S. Attorney Mike Hurst and Kirk Thielhorn, Special Agent in Charge of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

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Holiday was also ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $40,803.56 and a special assessment of $100.

On December 11, 2018, Holiday and co-defendant Kelandrix Lushaw were charged in a federal indictment with stealing multiple firearms from two federally licensed firearms dealers in Natchez, Mississippi.

The defendants stole 13 firearms from Natchez Pawn & Jewelry on April 27, 2018, and 34 firearms from the Sports Center Sporting Goods Store on April 28, 2018. Earlier, on April 26, 2018, they had crossed the border into Louisiana to attempt to rob a gun dealer in Ridgecrest, Louisiana.

They proceeded to sell the stolen firearms in Wilkinson County on April 28 and 29, 2018. Holiday pleaded guilty before Judge Bramlette on April 11, 2019.

Co-defendant Kelandrix Lushaw pleaded guilty to the same charge and was sentenced by Judge Bramlette to 33 months in prison, followed by three years of supervised release.

This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, with assistance from the Wilkinson County Sheriff’s Office, the Natchez Police Department, and the U.S. Marshals Service. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Theodore M. Cooperstein.