Tyron Jackson, a 28-year-old felon, was sentenced to three years and 10 months in jail for the possession of a single bullet. Jackson was pulled over in Niskayuna, New York in September 2015. During a search of his vehicle law enforcement officers discovered a single 9 millimeter Luger bullet. Felons are not allowed to own or possess ammunition, according to federal law.
Jackson received his felony charges for an armed robbery in 2006 and for firing a weapon into a crowd just one week before the bullet was found in his car in September, 2015. No one was injured in the shooting.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael Barnett states that, despite only being prosecuted for a single bullet, the possession of the bullet is a symptom of Jackson’s refusal to live a crime-free life. Barnett said:
“The defendant was prosecuted for possessing only a single bullet, but that bullet and other conduct demonstrate that he refuses to lead a law-abiding life despite spending nearly his entire adult life in custody,”
Barnett went on to call Jackson a “particularly bad recidivist” and claimed that Jackson told him he lives by the mantra. Barnett claims that Jackson told him several times that he lives by the mantra “live by the gun, die by the gun.”
Jackson is still awaiting trial for second-degree murder attempted murder charges for firing into the crowd in 2015. He sentence is expected to be extended significantly.