Mississippi woman admits she knew of a crime and failed to report it, faces prison, fines

Published 11:38 am Friday, November 15, 2019

An Ocean Springs woman pleaded guilty to knowing of a crime, but not reporting it. Now she faces federal prison and a possible fine.

Lauren Nicole Colegrove, 29, of Ocean Springs, pleaded guilty Wednesday before U.S. District Judge Sul Ozerden to misprision of felony for her failure to report to authorities, and then affirmatively concealing the fact that a federal crime had occurred, announced U.S. Attorney Mike Hurst and Kurt Thielhorn, Special Agent in Charge of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF).

On October 12, 2017, Colegrove became aware that a man she was accompanying had burglarized a St. Martin home, and thereafter was in possession of stolen firearms.

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Colegrove not only failed to notify federal authorities as soon as possible once she became aware of the crime, but she also took affirmative acts to conceal the crime.

Colegrove will be sentenced by Judge Ozerden on Friday, February 21, 2020, at 9:00 a.m., in Gulfport. She faces a maximum penalty of 3 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

The case was investigated by The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. It was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Andrea Jones.