A Canton man was sentenced to 63 months in prison for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, announced U.S. Attorney Darren LaMarca and Special Agent in Charge Kurt Thielhorn of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
According to court documents, on November 4, 2021, Ridgeland Police Officers were dispatched to the area of Highland Colony Parkway near Old Agency Road, after receiving numerous 911 phone calls reporting two vehicles exchanging gunfire.
Officers were able to locate one of the vehicles involved on the side of I-55 South with numerous bullet holes in the back, which was driven by Tyrone Diario Lewis, 32. Near the vehicle, in the woods, officers located four firearms, which Lewis and his occupants attempted to hide.
Through the investigation, law enforcement officers were able to determine that Lewis possessed the four firearms, including an AR-style pistol, which was used during the shooting. Lewis has a prior felony conviction for armed robbery. As a convicted felon, it is contrary to federal law for Lewis to possess any firearm
Lewis was indicted by a federal grand jury on April 19, 2022. He pled guilty on January 26, 2023 to possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
The Ridgeland Police Department and the ATF investigated the case. Assistant U.S. Attorney Adam T. Stuart prosecuted the case.