A felon convicted under a federal racketeering act has pleaded not guilty to new federal firearm and meth charges.
Damon Derrall Pittman, 37, entered his plea Monday in U.S. District Court.
He is set for trial on a court calendar that starts Oct. 3, with Chief U.S. District Judge Louis Guirola presiding.
Pittman had been conviction of violating the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations — or RICO — Act. He was taken back into custody by the Mississippi Department of Corrections before his new federal case was unsealed last week. His tentative release from prison is Oct. 6, 2026, the state prison website shows.
An eight-count federal indictment was filed under seal July 26. It accuses him of committing firearm and drug crimes in Pearl River County some eight months ago.
The indictment alleges he possessed a firearm Dec. 5, 2015, while distributing at least three grams of meth.
He also was in possession of a short-barreled firearm with an altered or obliterated serial number five days later, on Dec. 10, 2015, the indictment said. The firearm reportedly wasn’t registered to him and he had the weapon while he distributed three or more grams of meth.
He is charged with three counts of felon in possession of a firearm, two counts of possession with intent to distribute meth and one count each of having a firearm with a missing serial number, possession of an unregistered firearm and possession of a firearm made in violation of federal law.