Gulfport man who hid stolen guns gets prison, fine

Andrew Lattour Young
Andrew Lattour Young

GULFPORT -- A man who took some of the weapons stolen from a Saucier firearms dealer to a drop-off spot has been sentenced to prison for 21 months and fined $1,200.

Andre Lattour Young, 54, of Gulfport, was sentenced Thursday on a charge of misprision of felony in a federal case involving the theft of 52 firearms from Friendly Pawn and Auto in Saucier.

Young admitted he accepted money to hide some of guns even though he thought it was suspicious.

U.S. District Judge Sul Ozerden imposed the punishment and ordered a year's probation.

Young is one of five men prosecuted on charges from the break-in over the weekend of June 6.

Young hid a bag of 19 stolen firearms under mattresses behind Hardy Court shopping center in Gulfport on June 23.

Young had done some car repairs for co-defendant George Sullivan Jr., who drove him to the drop-off spot and paid him $50 to hide the bag, Assistant U.S. Attorney Annette Williams said at Young's plea hearing in October.

The money Sullivan gave him was marked, Williams said. Undercover agents watched as a different man retrieved the guns, then they followed the men to a co-defendant's home in Gulfport.

Sullivan, 43, died July 4 before his charges were resolved. Officials said he died of natural causes at the Stone County jail.

Four men have each pleaded guilty to theft of firearms from a licensed firearms dealer.

Kevin Gerard Edwards, 51, a felon, and Tyson Lee Gaines Sr., 34, have each received a 10-year prison term.

Willie Carter, 34 and a former police officer in Columbia, received a 37-month prison term.

Octavia Jermaine Winters, 32, will be sentenced April 22.