Mississippi man arrested during disturbance at restaurant, sentenced to more than 2 years in federal prison on gun charge

Published 5:10 am Thursday, May 2, 2024

A Mississippi man was sentenced to 27 months in prison for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

According to court documents, Norkeithus Malik Reed, 24, of McComb, was found in possession of a firearm by the Brookhaven Police Department when responding to a complaint of a disturbance caused by Reed at an area restaurant in 2021.

Reed had previously been convicted in state court of drug-related felony charges. As a convicted felon, it is contrary to federal law for Reed to possess any firearm.

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Reed was indicted by a federal grand jury on April 4, 2023.  He pleaded guilty on Jan. 30, 2024, to possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

U.S. Attorney Todd W. Gee of the Southern District of Mississippi and Special Agent in Charge Joshua Jackson of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives made the announcement.

The case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. Assistant U.S. Attorney Matt Allen prosecuted the case. This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and gun violence, and to make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. On May 26, 2021, the department launched a violent crime reduction strategy strengthening PSN based on these core principles: fostering trust and legitimacy in our communities, supporting community-based organizations that help prevent violence from occurring in the first place, setting focused and strategic enforcement priorities, and measuring the results.