Federal Law Enforcement Initiative Leads to Charges Against Nine Men for Firearm and Drug Trafficking Offenses
Acting United States Attorney Ellison C. Travis announced that U.S. Chief District Judge Shelly D. Dick sentenced Donatraus Hudson, a/k/a “Dontarius Hudson,” age 22, of Baton Rouge to 120 months in federal prison following his conviction of possessing a firearm by a convicted felon. Hudson’s federal prison sentence will be served consecutive to any term of imprisonment imposed on charges currently pending in Louisiana state court. The Court further sentenced Hudson to three years of supervised release following his term of imprisonment and ordered that the firearm and ammunition involved be forfeited.
According to admissions Hudson made as a part of his guilty plea, on September 10, 2020, the United States Marshal Service Fugitive Task Force executed an arrest warrant for Hudson on state charges for armed robbery at his residence in Baton Rouge. Shortly thereafter Baton Rouge Police officers obtained a search warrant for Hudson’s residence and a search of the premises was conducted, in which a loaded SCCY, a model CXP-2, 9 mm semi-automatic pistol and additional ammunition were found.
Prior to possessing the firearm, Hudson was convicted in September of 2019 of simple burglary and in April of 2018 of attempted possession of a Schedule IV-controlled dangerous substance. Both of these prior felony convictions were in East Baton Rouge Parish.
Acting U.S. Attorney Ellison Travis stated, “Keeping repeat offenders off our streets remains a top priority of this office. Our office is committed to working with our law enforcement partners to keep our communities safe. This was a team effort and congratulations to our prosecutor, the ATF, and the Baton Rouge Police Department for the great work on this case.”
“The sentence imposed today lets repeat offenders know that they will pay a price for their crimes,” said ATF New Orleans Field Division Special Agent in Charge Kurt Thielhorn. “The collaborative effort of the U.S. Attorney’s Office, local law enforcement, and the ATF is the foundation for keeping our neighborhoods and communities safe from violent criminals.”
This matter was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Baton Rouge Police Department. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Jessica M.P. Thornhill.