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.”