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Jackson man pleads guilty to illegally possessing and discharging firearm during Waffle House robbery

20-year-old Nicholas Thames, of Jackson, pled guilty Tuesday before United States Chief District Judge Daniel P. Jordan III to being a felon in possession of a firearm. Source: U.S. Attorney's Office 20-year-old Nicholas Thames, of Jackson, pled guilty Tuesday before United States Chief District Judge Daniel P. Jordan III to being a felon in possession of a firearm. Source: U.S. Attorney's Office
JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

20-year-old Nicholas Thames, of Jackson, pled guilty Tuesday before United States Chief District Judge Daniel P. Jordan III to being a felon in possession of a firearm.

On October 27, 2017, Jackson Police Department officers responded to the Waffle House restaurant on Beasley Road in reference to an armed robbery of a business. Employees said Thames had come into the restaurant about an hour earlier to eat and returned with a red bandana covering his mouth and brandishing a firearm.

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Thames demanded money from the clerk and fired one shot before pointing the gun at the clerk as she handed him all of the money in the register. Thames then ran out of the store. Store employees were able to provide a description to officers, who found Thames in the area, wearing the same clothes described by the employees, including the red bandana he used to cover his face.

Thames was arrested and officers found a large sum of money and a black handgun on his person. Officers also found several other items that the defendant admitted taking from a vehicle that he had broken into in the area.

Thames is scheduled to be sentenced by Judge Jordan on August 7, 2018, and faces a minimum sentence of 10 years and a maximum sentence of life in federal prison and a $250,000 fine.

This case is part of Project EJECT, an initiative by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Mississippi under the U.S. Department of Justice’s Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN). 

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