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Starkville man to serve time for Glock switch possession

Credit: U.S. Attorney’s Office – Northern District of Mississippi information

A Starkville man was sentenced on Thursday, Aug. 10 to five years in prison for possession of a Glock handgun with a fully automatic conversion device.

According to court documents, Tyquerius Doss, 20, previously pled guilty to possession of a machine gun, that is, a Glock, model 19C, nine millimeter handgun with a fully automatic conversion device commonly referred to as a “Glock switch.” U.S. District Court Judge Michael P. Mills sentenced Doss to 60 months imprisonment followed by a three-year term of supervised release.

“Federal law prohibits anyone from possessing an unlicensed machine gun, which is what a Glock with a switch becomes,” said U.S. Attorney Clay Joyner. “The potential for deadly violence increases exponentially when criminals possess automatic weapons, and we will continue to do all we can to remove the criminals and the illegal machine guns from the street. We commend the FBI, ATF, and the Starkville Police Department for their joint efforts to make our streets safer.”

“The FBI is committed to ensuring the safety of the public,” remarked FBI Special Agent in Charge Jermicha Fomby. “When individuals, like Mr. Doss, deliberately alter the firing ability of otherwise-legal firearms to change their intended use, this becomes a danger to society. It is imperative the FBI partners with the U.S. Attorney’s Office and our local partners to investigate and prosecute these violations to the fullest extent of the law.”

This matter was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, the FBI, and the Starkville Police Department. AUSA 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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