Georgia man sentenced to 10 years in prison after stolen firearm charge stemming from I-90 stop

Incident occurred in 2018 in Brule County

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A man arrested in December 2018 on Interstate 90 has been sentenced to 10 years in federal prison for possession of a stolen firearm and for failing to appear in federal court.

Jamecus Lushawn Hodges, 42, of Cornelia, Georgia, was sentenced May 10 by U.S. District Court Chief Judge Roberto A. Lange.

On Dec. 8, 2018, Hodges was pulled over for speeding on the interstate in Brule County by the South Dakota Highway Patrol. During the traffic stop, Hodges admitted there was a small amount of marijuana in the vehicle. Law enforcement then searched the vehicle and recovered a small amount of marijuana, 33 grams of cocaine and a semi-automatic pistol that was reported stolen.

According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for South Dakota, Hodges became uncooperative and combative and ran into the oncoming lane of traffic, stalling traffic on the interstate, prior to being taken into custody. Hodges was eventually released on bond and entered into a plea agreement relating to the traffic stop.

Hodges then failed to appear for his change of plea and sentencing on Oct. 5, 2020. He was charged with failure to appear in November 2020 and taken into federal custody on March 19, 2021 in Georgia.


Hodges was sentenced to 7 1/2 years in prison on the firearm offense and 2 1/2 years in prison for the failure to appear offense. Those sentences will run consecutively, followed by three years of supervised release. Hodges also ordered a $200 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.

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