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A Carthage man was sentenced to six years in prison Thursday in a federal firearms violation, Acting U.S. Attorney Nicholas J. Ganjei said in a press release.

Tyreese Williams, 34, pleaded guilty on March 3, 2021, to being a felon in possession of a firearm. Williams was sentenced to 72 months in federal prison Thursday by U.S. District Judge J. Campbell Barker.

“Felons who possess firearms endanger our communities and are a priority for federal prosecution,” Ganjei said. “Our office will continue to partner with federal, state, and local agencies to keep firearms out of the wrong hands. As a seven-time convicted felon, Tyreese Williams should have expected this day of reckoning.”

The Panola County Sheriff’s Office arrested Williams on May 2, 2019 after a nine-mile, more than 120 mph car chase, officials said. Deputies searched Williams’ car at the time and found a gun. Officials also said that while being placed under arrest, Williams “informed the deputies that he had swallowed a large amount of methamphetamine just prior to surrendering to police.”

Williams was a convicted felon at the time of his arrest and was prohibited from owning or possessing firearms or ammunition, officials said.

This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives and the Panola County Sheriff’s Office and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Ryan Locker.

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