Crime

Neighbors called 911 over a man with a gun. Biloxi man gets prison for it.

Justin Jay Stabler
Justin Jay Stabler

Residents of a Jackson neighborhood called 911 when they saw a man following a person and waving a gun in a threatening manner.

Justin Stabler, 31, of Biloxi, was in the Belhaven Heights neighborhood and walking down the street, waving the gun at the other person.

Stabler was living in a halfway house in another area of Jackson while on parole for one of several felony convictions.

The incident and Stabler’s convictions led to a charge in federal court after Jackson police found him in the neighborhood and armed that morning.

Police arrested him Sept. 1 and seized a high-caliber weapon, a 45/410-caliber Taurus Judge revolver. It was loaded with five .410-gauge shotgun shells, a court paper says.

Police learned the revolver had been reported stolen, according to Dana Nichols, special agent in charge of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

Stabler admitted what he did Thursday while pleading guilty to possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, U.S. Attorney Mike Hurst said in a news release.

Vigilance of neighbors and a quick response by police resulted “in a criminal being quickly located, arrested and removed from our community before he could do more trouble,” Hurst said.

“These types of collaborative efforts are one of the most effective ways to make our neighbors safer and more secure.”

Stabler’s felony convictions in state court came from Harrison and Jackson counties, Hurst said. The convictions include burglary, auto theft, possession of counterfeit money and felon in possession of a weapon.

U.S. District Judge Henry Wingate will sentence Stabler on May 21.

Stabler, held with no bond, faces up to 20 years in prison.

His parole has been revoked four times, a detention order says. Also, he failed to comply with electronic monitoring while on house arrest and was wanted on warrants for failing to appear in court.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Dave Fulcher is prosecuting the case.

Robin Fitzgerald: 228-896-2307, @robincrimenews

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