August 5 – Several Augusta residents face federal charges, including illegal possession of firearms.
The federal charges follow separate indictments by a grand jury in the Southern District of Georgia. According to a Justice Department press release, recent actions in U.S. district court include pleading guilty and criminal convictions related to illegal gun possession.
The cases are being investigated as part of the Safe Neighborhoods Project by federal, state and local law enforcement, including the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the FBI to reduce violent crimes.
“Convicted felons are prohibited from possessing guns, and together with our law enforcement partners, we are committed to protecting our communities from violent crime by holding accountable those who would break the law,” said David H. Estes, a U.S. Attorney for the Southern District. . from Georgia.
Defendants named in the August 2022 federal indictment from the Augusta area include:
* Darnell Dwight Brown, 30, and Corii Arkheem Bussey, 31, both of Augusta, charged with assaulting, resisting or hindering certain officers or employees, and using, carrying or possessing a firearm during and in connection with a violent crime. The case concerns a shooting on December 9, 2021 in which a US Postal Service vehicle was hit by multiple bullets. The postman in the vehicle was not injured.
* Marshall Lee Cushman, 39, of Augusta, charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon;
* Christopher Fitzgerald Jones, 35, of Augusta, charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon;
* Christopher David Baskett, 46, of Augusta, charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon; and,
* Rondell Smith, a/k/a “Rondal Smith,” 27, of Hephzibah, charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
Four other individuals from the Savannah metro area were also named in the August 2022 federal indictment.
According to the press release, the ATF, the FBI, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office and the Savannah Police Department are involved in investigating these cases.
Samantha Winn covers the city of North Augusta, with a focus on government and community-based business. Follow her on Twitter: @samanthamwinn and on Facebook and Instagram: @swinnnews.