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TWO SENTENCED AND ONE PLEADS GUILTY TO FIREARMS CHARGES

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 11, 2013

MONROE/SHREVEPORT, La. United States Attorney Stephanie A. Finley announced that two defendants were sentenced and one defendant pleaded guilty to firearms charges this week.

Defendant Sentenced to 18 Months in Prison

Lorenzo V. Rodriguez, 52, of Mexico, was sentenced on Tuesday by U.S. District Judge Tom Stagg, to 18 months in prison and 3 years supervised release for possession and receipt of a firearm and ammunition by an illegal alien.  According to evidence presented at the guilty plea, the Monroe Police Department responded to a domestic dispute on Oct. 14, 2012.  The investigation revealed that Rodriguez, an illegal alien, threatened the victim using a firearm with an obliterated serial number.  The firearm was recovered at the scene and Rodriguez was taken into custody.  He admitted to previously purchasing the firearm from an unknown person.  Rodriguez pleaded guilty on March 18, 2013.  

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement, and the Monroe Police Department investigated the case. Assistant U.S. Attorney Brandon B. Brown prosecuted the case.

Defendant Sentenced to 70 Months in Prison

Terrance L. Ford, 32, of Monroe, La., was sentenced on Tuesday by U.S. District Judge Robert G. James, to 70 months in prison and 3 years supervised release for being a felon in possession of a firearm.  According to evidence presented at the guilty plea, Ford was arrested on June 4, 2012 after being found in possession of a .40 caliber semi-automatic pistol.  Ford had been previously convicted of second degree battery and distribution of PCP, which is a controlled dangerous substance. 

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Monroe Police Department investigated the case.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert W. Gillespie Jr. prosecuted the case.

Virginia Resident Pleads Guilty to Firearms Charges

William Thomas Holland III, 32, of Virginia, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Tom Stagg today, to being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition, and possession of a firearm with an obliterated serial number.  According to evidence presented at the guilty plea, Holland’s vehicle was parked near a wooded area on Barksdale Air Force Base (BAFB).  Marijuana was seen in the car.  After a search of the car, marijuana and other items were seized.  Holland admitted the car was his.  At the time, the defendant resided on BAFB with his wife who is in the military, but he was not.  A search of the residence was authorized, and a loaded .357 caliber revolver with an obliterated serial number was found.  Holland admitted that he possessed the firearm and ammunition.  Holland had been previously convicted of a felony battery charge in California.  He faces up to 10 years in prison for the felon in possession of a firearm count and 5 years for the possession of a firearm with an obliterated serial number count.  Both counts also carry a $250,000 fine and up to 3 years supervised release.  A sentencing date of Oct. 3, 2013 was set.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; the Barksdale Air Force Base Security Forces; and the Air Force Office of Special Investigations conducted the investigation.  Assistant U.S. Attorneys Robert W. Gillespie Jr. and Robert J. France are prosecuting the case.

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