Canton man sentenced to 10 years as felon possessing firearm

Canton man sentenced to 10 years as felon possessing firearm


Elbert George Robinson, 38, of Canton, received the maximum sentence of 10 years in prison after a Madison County Circuit Court jury found him guilty of felon in possession of a firearm, Madison and Rankin Counties’ District Attorney Bubba Bramlett announced Thursday.


“The law in Mississippi is clear that if you have been convicted of a felony, you are no longer allowed to carry a firearm of any type,” Bramlett said in a Nov. 18 statement. “Our law enforcement officers are always on the lookout for illegal guns whether they be stolen or in the possession of someone who is a convicted felon.”


Bramlett also said, “It was nice seeing the maximum sentence imposed on this repeat felon.”


The sentence stemmed from an April 2 incident in which an officer with the Madison Police Department made a traffic stop on a vehicle driven by Robinson on I-55. The officer smelled burnt marijuana coming from the car, and Robinson admitted there was a half-smoked marijuana cigarette in the ashtray.


Bramlett said the officer searched the vehicle and located a loaded magazine belonging to a .380 pistol in the car’s center console and a .380 pistol under the front driver seat. Robinson admitted that he knew the gun was in the car.


Robinson had been previously convicted of selling a controlled substance within 1,500 feet of a church in Madison County.


“We will not tolerate people illegally possessing guns in Madison and Rankin counties,” Bramlett said. “Once again, we applaud our citizens for showing up in a big way, participating in our jury trials, and protecting our communities.”

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