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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, November 17, 2016

CAREER FELON SENTENCED TO SERVE MORE THAN 17 YEARS IN FEDERAL PRISON

BATON ROUGE, LA –United States Attorney Walt Green announced that Ravious Darnell Thomas, age 49, of Denham Springs, Louisiana, has been sentenced to a total of 215 months in federal prison as a result of possessing a firearm while a convicted felon, possessing crack cocaine and violating the terms of his supervised release.

On July 28, 2015, the Denham Springs Police Department arrested THOMAS.  After a search of Thomas’s SUV, police recovered a loaded .22 Magnum pistol and crack cocaine. THOMAS had previously been convicted of federal and state felony offenses that prohibited him from ever possessing any type of firearm.  Based on the July 2015 arrest, THOMAS was indicted and convicted of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and possession of crack cocaine.  

U.S. District Court Judge John W. deGravelles today sentenced THOMAS to serve a federal prison term of 180 months on the gun and drug charges.  In addition, because THOMAS was on federal supervised release at the time of his July 2015 arrest, as a result of a prior, federal narcotics conviction, the Court also found THOMAS to have violated the terms of his supervised release, and sentenced him to an additional 35 months in federal prison for the violation.   

U.S. Attorney Walt Green stated: “One of my highest priorities has been the enforcement of our gun and drug laws.  Today’s long jail sentence removes an armed career criminal from our streets.”

This matter was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Lyman E. Thornton III and investigated by the Denham Springs Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF). 

Topic(s): 
Firearms Offenses
Updated November 17, 2016