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Greenville man sentenced to prison for gun crimes

A Greenville man has been sentenced to more than eight years in prison for firearms-related crimes.

According to court documents, Marco Dewayne Hemphill, 39, previously plead guilty to possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and possession of a firearm during and in relation to a drug trafficking crime, all arising out of a traffic stop in Greenville in August 2021.

Hemphill was sentenced on Wednesday by Chief U.S. District Judge Debra Brown to serve 100 months in prison, including 40 months for possessing a gun as a convicted felon and 60 months for possessing a gun during a drug trafficking crime. In addition, Hemphill will serve a three-year term of supervision upon his release from prison. Hemphill was remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshals following his sentencing hearing.

U.S. Attorney Clay Joyner of the Northern District of Mississippi and Greenville Police Chief Marcus Turner made the announcement.

This case was investigated by the Greenville Police Department. Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert Mims prosecuted the case.

This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and gun violence, and to make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. On May 26, 2021, the Department launched a violent crime reduction strategy strengthening PSN based on these core principles: fostering trust and legitimacy in our communities, supporting community-based organizations that help prevent violence from occurring in the first place, setting focused and strategic enforcement priorities, and measuring the results.

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