Reno ex-felon gets 8 years in prison for having a gun

Clifton James Jackson. Washoe County jail photo.
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RENO, NV (KOLO)-- A Reno ex-felon has to serve eight years in prison for illegally having a gun, a U.S. District Court judge decided.

Clifton James Jackson, 55, of Reno was convicted by a federal jury in April 2019 of one count of being an ex-felon in possession of a firearm, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said Thursday. It was his 10th felony conviction.

U.S. District Court Judge Howard McKibben sentenced Jackson to 78 months in prison on that charge, plus he got another 18 months added when his supervised release was revoked.

In December 2018 a person had a gun while walking towards a business and the caller to 911 also reported hearing shots being fired. A Washoe County Sheriff’s office deputy saw Jackson in the truck, which sped away from the scene. The deputy pursued and a gun was tossed from the vehicle, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.

Jackson and a juvenile were in the vehicle. Investigators found a pistol and ammunition where the gun was tossed from the vehicle.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Neighborhoods, a nationwide program by the Department of Justice to bring all law enforcement together to reduce violence.

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