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A Mississippi Coast Man Is Sentenced to Over 21 Years in Prison for Shooting a U.S. Marshal

A Mississippi coast man has been sentenced to 21 years and five months in federal prison for shooting and wounding a U.S. marshal in 2020.

Joseph Dale Sonnier, 32, of Hancock County, was found guilty of assault of a federal officer and discharging a firearm in relation to a crime of violence in the July 21, 2020 incident, according to Acting U.S. Attorney Darren J. LaMarca.

Sonnier shot a marshal in the neck while law enforcement executed an arrest warrant at the Siegel Select Gautier, an extended stay hotel in Gautier. Sonnier was facing two counts of kidnapping, armed robbery, two counts of aggravated assault and unlawful possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, according to a news release Thursday. The sentencing was Wednesday.

Read the source article at Associated Press News

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