R’land man pleads guilty to weapons


A Ridgeland man pleaded guilty to possession of a modified fully-automatic pistol last week in U.S. District Court.

Timothy Lakendrick Liddell, 25, of Ridgeland, pleaded guilty Wednesday July 8 before U.S. District Court Judge Carlton W. Reeves to illegally possessing a machine gun, announced U.S. Attorney Mike Hurst.

Liddell will be sentenced by Judge Reeves on Oct. 7, 2020 at 9 a.m. He faces a statutory penalty of up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

Hurst made that announcement last Thursday in a release with Kurt Thielhorn, Special Agent in Charge of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives.

The charges stemmed form a 2018 incident. On Oct. 11, 2018, Ridgeland Police officers and Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics agents searched Liddell’s apartment pursuant to a search warrant. 

“In addition to finding illegal narcotics, investigators and agents discovered a Glock model 19 handgun that had been converted to a machine gun,” Hurst said.

Hurst said that the gun was also equipped with a high-capacity magazine capable of holding 31 rounds.

Liddell was charged the following July in a federal criminal indictment with possessing a machine gun and possessing a firearm that was not registered to him in the National Firearms Registration and Transfer Record.

This case was investigated by the RPD, MBN, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives. It was prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Mississippi.

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