Moss Point Man with 47 Firearms, Silencer and Sawed-Off Rifle Pleads Guilty to Possession of Unregistered Firearm


From:  News Release   10/1/18   GCN


Gulfport, Miss – James Hurshell Dugger, 78, of Moss Point, entered a guilty plea Friday, before U.S. District Judge Louis Guirola, to possession of an unregistered firearm, announced U.S. Attorney Mike Hurst and Special Agent in Charge Dana Nichols with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.


Dugger will be sentenced on December 12, 2018, and faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.


On August 11, 2017, deputies with the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office responded to Dugger’s home after Dugger shot a man during an altercation. On searching Dugger’s home, deputies found 47 firearms including silencers and a sawed-off rifle. Dugger has prior felony convictions for possession with intent to distribute marijuana and possession of unregistered firearms.


The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives investigated the case. It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Annette Williams.