Anthony Jammoni Atkins, 26, a multi-convicted felon, was sentenced on Jan. 16 by Senior U.S. District Judge William T. Moore Jr. to 100 months in prison for possessing a loaded semiautomatic pistol.
Atkins used that pistol to threaten a mother and her two children during a rush hour road rage incident. Upon completion of his prison sentence, Atkins will serve an additional three years on supervised release.
According to court documents and evidence presented at hearings, Atkins was traveling through Garden City during the afternoon rush hour on Nov. 4, 2016, when another motorist called 911 to report that the driver of an SUV had pulled alongside her car, pointed a gun at her and her two daughters, and slammed the gun into the SUV’s passenger-side window.
After locating and stopping the SUV, police officers identified Atkins as the driver. Atkins admitted that there was a firearm inside the SUV, and officers recovered a semiautomatic 9mm pistol that was loaded with 19 rounds of ammunition in a large capacity magazine.
As a convicted felon, Atkins was prohibited from possessing firearms and ammunition.
Atkins’ criminal history includes numerous convictions for violent and drug-related offenses. In 2010, Atkins pleaded guilty to trafficking marijuana in Chatham County.
In 2011, Atkins was convicted of aggravated battery in connection with his attempt to rob a person to whom he had agreed to sell drugs. During the attempted robbery, Atkins ran over the victim with his car.
“The U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Southern District of Georgia is committed to ending the scourge of violent crime that has plagued Savannah for far too long, and we are partnering with federal, state and local law enforcement to do something about it,” U.S. Attorney Bobby L. Christine stated. “A key element of our strategy is ensuring that convicted felons who possess firearms illegally are punished appropriately for their misconduct. Make no mistake – this United States Attorney’s Office will not tolerate the possession and use of firearms by those who seek to threaten and endanger the community.”
The U.S. Attorney’s Office prosecuted Atkins as part of Project Ceasefire, a joint federal, state and local initiative to combat gun violence and ensure that repeat offenders are subjected to stiff federal prison sentences, all of which must be served without the possibility of parole.
The case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Garden City Police Department. Assistant U.S. Attorney Theodore S. Hertzberg prosecuted the case.