11 charged with illegal weapons

SAVANNAH, Ga. (WSAV) — Eleven people have been indicted on charges of illegal firearms by a grand jury in the Southern District of Georgia.

The indictments stem from a collaborative investigation by federal, state and local law enforcement agencies under the title Project Safe Neighborhoods, which aims to reduce crime by targeting convicted felons who illegally carry weapons. fire.

“Convicted felons are prohibited from owning firearms, and together with our law enforcement partners, we are committed to protecting our communities from violent crime by holding accountable those who violate the law,” said David H. Estes, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Georgia.

The Southern District of Georgia has charged more than 760 people with illegal firearms in the past four years, Estes said.

The district said the following people have been charged:

  • Omar Lockhart, 34, of Savannah, charged with bank robbery for the March 7 robbery at Synovus Bank on Paulsen Street in Savannah. Lockhart is also charged with using, carrying, or possessing a firearm during and in connection with a crime of violence; Possession of a firearm by a convicted felon; and possession of a stolen firearm.
  • Darnell Dwight Brown30 and Corii Arkheem Bussey, 31, both of Augusta, charged with assaulting, resisting or interfering with certain officers or employees, and using, carrying or possessing a firearm during and in connection with a crime of violence. The case relates to a December 9, 2021 shooting in which a U.S. Postal Service vehicle was hit by multiple bullets. The postman inside the vehicle was not injured.
  • Kerry Akeem Milledge37 years old, from Savannah, and Antron OzierCharles, 19, of Pooler, Georgia, charged with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute and possession of a firearm in connection with a felony drug trafficking. Milledge is also charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
  • Zachary Smith25, of Savannah, charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon;
  • Marshall Lee Cushman39, of Augusta, charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon;
  • Christopher Fitzgerald Jones35, of Augusta, charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon;
  • Christopher David Baskett, 46, si Augusta, charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon; and,
  • Smith Washer, alias ‘Rondal Smith’, 27, of Hephzibah, charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

Indictments only contain charges; the accused are presumed innocent until proven guilty.

Other defendants recently stood trial on federal charges including unlawful possession of firearms:

  • Phillip Allen Loughry, 41, of Baxley, Georgia, was sentenced to 120 months in prison followed by three years of supervised release after pleading guilty to possession of a stolen firearm. Appling County Sheriff’s Deputies charged Loughry after he fled a traffic stop in December 2020 and dropped a gun as deputies chased and captured him. Loughry still faces prosecution on related state charges and the revocation of prior probationary status in state court.
  • Lamar Harris, alias “Foolie”, 21, of Savannah, was sentenced to 62 months in prison followed by three years of supervised release after pleading guilty to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute 50 pounds or more of marijuana and conspiracy to use, possess or carry firearms. Harris was one of 29 defendants charged in December 2020 in connection with Operation Deadlier Catch, an investigation into a gang-linked drug trafficking ring in the greater Savannah area.
  • Vesenta Cornelius Watson, 46, of Augusta, was sentenced to 60 months in prison followed by three years of probation after pleading guilty to possession of a firearm with a defaced serial number. Watson drove away from a Richmond County Sheriff’s Office traffic stop attempt in November 2021 and threw a sports bag out of his vehicle window. After arresting Watson, deputies retrieved the bag and found a gun and illegal drugs inside.
  • De’Montre Murray, 22, of Columbia, SC, was sentenced to 46 months in prison followed by three years of supervised release after pleading guilty to possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. A four-time convicted felon, Murray was charged after a June 21 pursuit by Glynn County Sheriff’s Deputies and the Georgia State Patrol on Interstate 95 for 57 miles at speeds of up to 100mph. A gun was discovered in the stolen vehicle Murray was driving.
  • Anthony Ladson, 33, of Brunswick, was sentenced to 36 months in prison followed by three years of probation after pleading guilty to possession with intent to distribute fentanyl and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Brunswick police officers arrested Ladson in January 2021 after finding him in possession of large amounts of drugs, cash and a gun while loitering near a liquor store.
  • Akil Shawron Brown, 21, of Savannah, was sentenced to 16 months in prison followed by three years of probation and fined $1,000 after pleading guilty to receiving a firearm from an indicted person. Savannah police officers charged Brown, who was on bail pending state felony charges, after learning he was in possession of a gun while being treated in a hospital in Savannah. Brown is a reputed member of Savannah’s criminal 1100 street gang.
  • davonta johnson, 31, of Hinesville, Georgia, is awaiting sentencing after pleading guilty to misrepresentation while purchasing a firearm and possessing firearms by a prohibited person, relating to a previous domestic violence conviction . Johnson admitted to lying in May 2020 about his prior conviction while buying a gun at a Bullock County pawnshop. Hinesville police arrested Johnson two months later during a traffic stop and found two guns in his vehicle.
  • Rashejon B. Curry, 28, of Pooler, Georgia, is awaiting sentencing after pleading guilty to possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Chatham County Police officers arrested Curry following a report of an assault in a motel room, later finding him carrying a loaded pistol. Curry has a violent criminal history, including convictions for robbery and possession of firearms.
  • Michael Brandon Sharpe, 44, of Pembroke, Georgia, is awaiting sentencing after pleading guilty to possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Sharpe is one of 35 defendants charged in connection with Operation Stranded Bandit, which targeted gang-affiliated drug traffickers in the Southern District.. Of these defendants, 27 were sentenced to prison terms of up to 292 months after pleading guilty; three are awaiting sentencing after pleading guilty; two defendants awaiting trial; and the case against one of the defendants was remanded to state court.
  • Terry Kennard Isaacs, 37, of Beaufort, SC, is awaiting sentencing after pleading guilty to possession of a stolen firearm. Shortly after midnight on June 17, 2021, Pooler police found Isaacs asleep in a customer’s vehicle parked at a repair business and arrested him after finding a gun and drugs in a small bag in his possession . Isaacs has multiple prior felony convictions involving firearms and violence.

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