Jury convicts Gulfport man of unlawful possession of a weapon by a convicted felon and multiple counts of drug possession

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Biloxi, MS – Damian Ladell Brown, 34, of Gulfport, was found guilty of Unlawful Possession of a Weapon by a Convicted Felon, Possession of Cocaine, and two Counts of Possession of Oxycodone by a jury in Harrison County Circuit Court earlier this week, District Attorney Joel Smith announced today.

During trial, the Jury heard testimony from a D’Iberville Police Officer who performed a traffic stop on a vehicle on Sangani Boulevard, shortly after 1:00 am on December 30, 2018.

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The traffic stop was captured on the officer’s body worn camera which showed that Brown was the front seat passenger in the vehicle. In the video, Brown initially gave a false name when asked to identify himself, and during the conversation a pistol can be observed on the passenger side floorboard just behind Brown’s feet. The officer testified that when he asked if there were any weapons in the vehicle, Brown slid his foot back in an attempt to slide the gun underneath the seat.

“The officer then relocated to the passenger side of the vehicle and ordered Brown to step out. As Brown stepped out of the vehicle, two baggies of cocaine and a foil wrapper containing Oxycodone pills can be observed on the passenger seat, underneath where Brown had been seated. The video showed that the gun was no longer clearly observable, and the officer then asked Brown where the gun was. Brown responded “it is there, it is still there, it is there.”

As the officer looked back into the vehicle to look for the gun, Brown took off running. After a short foot chase, Brown was captured and properly identified. The officer then searched the vehicle and recovered the gun, a .45 caliber Glock pistol with an extended 20 round magazine, as well as the cocaine and oxycodone,” said Assistant District Attorney Ian Baker, who prosecuted the case along with George Huffman.

The jury deliberated for a little over an hour before reaching a guilty verdict on all counts. After receiving the verdict, Judge Lisa Dodson sentenced Brown to 24 years to serve in prison, as a habitual offender, without the possibility of parole or early release. Brown had three prior convictions including two for Possession of a Controlled Substance and one for Robbery reduced to Grand Larceny, all out of Jackson County. Brown also has pending charges for Aggravated Assault and Shooting into a Dwelling.