September 13, 2023

Meridian Man Sentenced to 87 Months in Prison for Possession of a Firearm by Convicted Felon

Morgan Howard

A Meridian man was sentenced to 87 months in federal prison for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

According to court documents, 31-year-old Waltravious Leeandre Watson was found in possession of nine firearms by officers of the Mississippi Department of Corrections and the Lauderdale County Sheriff’s Office on February 19, 2020, during a search of his home.

Watson has a prior felony conviction for burglary of a dwelling.  As a convicted felon, it is contrary to federal law for Watson to possess any firearm.

He pled guilty on March 21, to possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

The Lauderdale County Sheriff’s Office and the ATF investigated the case.

Assistant U.S. Attorneys Matthew W. Allen and Charles W. Kirkham are prosecuting the case.

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