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Local Man Pleads Guilty to Illegal Possession of a Firearm

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of Louisiana

Acting U.S. Attorney Duane A. Evans announced that SIDNEY RAY COTTON, age 32, of Franklinton, Louisiana, pled guilty today to being a felon in possession of a firearm.


According to court documents, on or about March 21, 2016, in the Eastern District of Louisiana, COTTON, who had been convicted of simple robbery in the Twenty-Second Judicial Court, did knowingly possess in and affecting interstate commerce a firearm, specifically, a Norinco, Model SKS, serial number H7224.


COTTON faces a maximum term of ten years imprisonment, a fine of $250,000, and up to three years of supervised release following any term of imprisonment.


Acting U.S. Attorney Evans praised the work of the Federal Bureau of Investigation in investigating this matter.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Gregory M. Kennedy is in charge of the prosecution.

Updated January 3, 2018

Firearms Offenses