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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Violent Felon Sentenced To 105 Months In Prison

BATON ROUGE, LA – United States Attorney Walt Green announced today that U.S. District Court Judge James J. Brady sentenced MELVIN TROSCLAIR, age 35, of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, to a term of imprisonment of 105 months and three years of supervised release after imprisonment. His sentence was based on his conviction for possessing a firearm while a convicted felon, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 922(g).

At the sentencing hearing, the Court stated that Trosclair was a danger to the community and cited his extensive criminal history and propensity for violence as reasons for imposing the lengthy prison sentence.

This matter arose from events on April 17, 2012. On that day, Deputy United States Marshals arrived at a residence on North 28th Street in Baton Rouge, Louisiana in order to arrest Trosclair on an outstanding warrant for armed robbery. When Deputy Marshals entered the residence they discovered Trosclair in possession of a loaded pistol and body armor. A Special Agent with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives quickly responded to the scene and initiated an investigation, which resulted in this federal prosecution.

U.S. Attorney Green stated: “Aggressively pursuing violent offenders will continue to be a top priority for this office. Felons armed with loaded firearms and protected with body armor pose a clear danger to the safety of our communities.”

This matter was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives and the United States Marshals Service. The matter was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Chris Dippel.

Updated December 15, 2014