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A Hattiesburg man was sentenced to a four-month prison term after sentencing in federal court Thursday for being a felon in possession of a firearm.

James Douglas Maxwell, 26, was sentenced by Senior U.S. District Judge Keith Starrett to four months in prison (consecutive to the 11 months he has already served), a $3000 fine and three years of supervised release after his prison term.

Maxwell was convicted in Forrest County in 2013 of being an accessory after the fact to armed robbery and was sentenced to 20 years in jail with all 20 of those years suspended.  On Feb. 14, 2019, Maxwell was discovered with a firearm during a traffic stop in Hattiesburg.  He pleaded guilty before Starrett on Oct. 2, 2019.

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 and Project Guardian. 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.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and Forrest County Sheriff’s Office investigated the case. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Andrew W. Eichner.

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