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Memphis man sentenced to 15 years in prison for crimes in Mississippi

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A Memphis, Tenn. man has been sentenced to 15 years in prison for his role in the burglary of a federally licensed firearms store and the attempted burglary of an automated teller machine in north Mississippi.

Court documents indicate that in June of 2020, 27-year-old Lederrius Brown, a prior convicted felon, and two other individuals broke into 2A Armaments, a federal firearms licensee in New Albany, and stole over 20 firearms before leading law enforcement on a multi-county pursuit.

Brown and others also attempted to pry open an ATM machine that was connected to First Byhalia Bank in Byhalia, resulting in over $20,000 worth of damage.

The prior convicted felon pled guilty to the prohibited possession of the firearms taken from the business, along with a charge of attempted bank larceny.

Brown appeared for sentencing on these offenses in federal court in Oxford on Friday afternoon. U.S. District Judge Glen Davidson sentenced Brown to a total of 180 months in prison to be followed by three years of supervised release. Brown was also ordered to pay $39,500 in restitution to the victims.

“Our office will continue to do everything in our power to keep guns out of the hands of criminals, and to hold accountable those who illegally possess and use them,” U.S. Attorney Clay Joyner said. “Hopefully this sentence will serve as a deterrent to those who would steal firearms or provide firearms to individuals intent on using them to commit acts of violence in our communities.”

The Oxford Field Office of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives investigated the case, along with the New Albany Police Department and the Marshall County Sheriff’s Office as part of Project Safe Neighborhoods. The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Julie Addison.

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