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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Eastern District of Louisiana

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, April 30, 2015

Mississippi Man Pleads Guilty to Possession and Transportation of Stolen Firearms

U.S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite announced that ALEX BRASINGTON, age 22, of Carriere, Mississippi, pled guilty today to conspiracy to possess and transport stolen firearms in interstate commerce and transportation of stolen firearms in interstate commerce.  A five-count superseding indictment was returned on October 3, 2014, charging BRASINGTON, and co-defendants BRITTANY BAUER and BRITTEN PARSONS, with conspiracy, possession and transportation of stolen firearms in interstate commerce.

According to court documents, in January and February 2013, BRASINGTON, BAUER and PARSONS transported nine stolen firearms in interstate commerce, from Alabama to Louisiana.  The investigation revealed that the firearms had been stolen during residence burglaries in Huntsville, Alabama.  On February 14, 2013, agents conducted a search of BAUER’s New Orleans apartment and found five stolen firearms and approximately 1700 rounds of ammunition. Court documents reflect that agents also recovered four stolen firearms and ammunition that BRASINGTON, BAUER and PARSONS sold to individuals in New Orleans.  BRASINGTON had previously been found in possession of a stolen firearm on January 31, 2013.

BRASINGTON faces a maximum of ten years imprisonment, followed by three years of supervised release.  U.S. District Judge Jane Triche Milazzo set sentencing for July 20, 2015.

U.S. Attorney Polite stated, “Today’s guilty plea underscores our Office’s continued commitment to prosecuting those who illegally transport stolen firearms into our District.”

U.S. Attorney Polite praised the work of the ATF New Orleans Division Office, New Orleans Police Department, Pearl River (LA) Police Department, Pearl River County (MS) Sheriff’s Office, and Huntsville Police Department in investigating this matter.  Assistant United States Attorney Nolan D. Paige is in charge of the prosecution.

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Updated September 2, 2015