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Man who stole firearms pleads guilty; others to be sentenced

JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

36-year-old Corey Hughes, of Holmes County, pled guilty on Tuesday, February 13, before U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves, to being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Around 2:30 a.m. on July 28, 2014, Corey Hughes and co-defendant Estelle Cook tore a hole in the side of Central Mississippi Firearms, a gun store in Kosciusko, and stole 41 guns.

Hughes, Cook, co-defendant Darnell Branch and others sold at least a dozen of the stolen firearms in Durant and Lexington, Mississippi.

Hughes sold at least one of the stolen guns to Jermaine Griffin for $100.

On October 3, 2017, a federal grand jury indicted Corey Hughes, Estelle Cook, Darnell Branch and Frederick Russell for their unlawful conspiracy to possess and sell stolen firearms.

That same day, a federal grand jury indicted Jermaine Griffin for receiving and possessing a stolen firearm.

At his hearing, Hughes became the fourth defendant to plead guilty.

On January 10, co-defendant Frederick Russell pled guilty to conspiracy to possess and sell stolen firearms. He will be sentenced in Jackson by Judge Carlton Reeves on March 29. He faces a maximum penalty of 5 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

On January 18, Jermaine Griffin pled guilty to possession of a stolen firearm. He will be sentenced in Jackson by Judge Tom S. Lee on April 19. Griffin faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

Last week, co-defendant Estelle Cook pled guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm. He will be sentenced in Jackson by Judge Carlton Reeves on May 15. He faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

Hughes will be sentenced in Jackson by Judge Carlton Reeves on June 11. He faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

The case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives. It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Jennifer Case.

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