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14 defendants facing federal charges in Southern District of Georgia

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) – Federal indictments in November named the fourteenth local defendant indicted by a grand jury in the Southern District of Georgia, including counts of illegal possession of firearms.

The local defendant, Jacob Matthew Miller, 32, was named in federal indictments from the US District Court grand jury term in November 2022.

Miller of Waynesboro, Georgia was charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

According to the district, nine other defendants were sealed indicted in October, with those charges recently unsealed after initial court appearances:

  • Robert Richard Hatten, 47, of Oak Park, Georgia, charged with possession with intent to distribute and distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine; possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime; and possession of a firearm with a defaced serial number
  • Christopher Nakia Jones47, of Swainsboro, Ga., charged with three counts of distributing methamphetamine and possessing a firearm by a convicted felon
  • Ephelius Artavis Brinson Jr., 28, of Hephzibah, Georgia, charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon; and possession of marijuana
  • Devonte Malik Jorame25, of Aiken, SC, charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and possession of marijuana
  • Trevor Elijah Walker24, of Augusta, Ga., charged with two counts of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon
  • Taipai La’don Brewer43, of Augusta, Georgia, charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon
  • Titus Nathaniel Travis23, of Augusta, Georgia, charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon
  • Diemond Dajion Wimberly25, of Augusta, Georgia, charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon
  • Deontre Hubert28, of Augusta, Georgia, charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon

Additional defendants were recently convicted on federal charges involving illegal gun possession:

  • Johnathon Emanuel McGahee, 24, of Thomson, Georgia, was sentenced to 100 months in prison followed by three years of supervised release and a $2,000 fine after pleading guilty to the possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. McGahee crashed his vehicle while fleeing Georgia State Patrol soldiers attempting to conduct a traffic stop on January 1, 2021 and ran into a forest where he was captured. Police officers found drugs and a loaded handgun with a high-capacity magazine in McGahee’s car. McGahee is a member of the Gangster Disciples criminal street gang with a violent criminal history.
  • Carlos Middleton, 21, of Savannah, Georgia, was sentenced to 97 months in prison followed by three years of supervised release after pleading guilty to robbery to interfere with trade. Middleton admitted to brandishing a firearm while threatening and robbing employees at a Chatham County video game store on January 20, 2022. The plea subjects Middleton to up to 20 years of imprisonment.
  • Rashejon B. Curry, 28, of Pooler, Georgia, was sentenced to 96 months in prison followed by three years of supervised release after pleading guilty to possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Chatham County police officers arrested Curry after a report of an attack on a motel room and later found him with a loaded handgun. Curry has a violent criminal history, including robbery and gun possession convictions.
  • Daquan Dwayne Young, 27, of Savannah, Ga., is awaiting sentencing after pleading guilty to possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Savannah police officers arrested Young after a traffic stop in March 2022 when they found a handgun in his waistband.

In the past four years, nearly 800 defendants in the Southern District of Georgia have been charged with illegal firearms offenses, most of them possession of a firearm after a conviction for a previous felony, according to the Justice Department.

“The statute expressly prohibits criminals from carrying guns, and it is crystal clear that reducing violent crime requires keeping gun-wielding criminals off our streets,” said David H. Estes, US Attorney for the Southern District of Georgia . “We commend our law enforcement partners for their continued commitment to the safety of our communities.”

The cases are being prosecuted for the United States by the US Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Georgia.

The indicted cases are being investigated as part of the Safe Neighborhoods Project in collaboration with federal, state and local law enforcement agencies, including the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the FBI, to reduce violent crime through measures that support targeting, among other things, convicted criminals who, according to the Department of Justice, carry weapons illegally.

If you have any questions, please contact Barry Paschal of the US Attorney’s Office at (912) 652-4422.

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