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U.S. Attorney’s Office
Southern District of Alabama

Friday, September 21, 2018

Louisiana Man Sentenced to 30 Months in Prison for Possession of Firearms After Conviction of Misdemeanor Crime of Domestic Violence

The United States Attorney, Richard W. Moore, announces that Antoine Q. Washington, a 29 year old resident of Monroe, Louisiana was sentenced to 30 months of incarceration for illegal possession of two firearms after being convicted of misdemeanor domestic violence.

According to a factual statement Washington signed in connection with his guilty plea, on February 10, 2017, ALEA Corporal Christen conducted a traffic stop of a vehicle driven by Washington for improper lane change. Washington was the sole occupant of the vehicle.  During the stop, Corporal Christen smelled marijuana emanating from inside the vehicle.  He then asked Washington to exit the vehicle. Corporal Christen then issued Washington a warning citation and detained him to conduct a probable cause search of the vehicle. Seized during the search, was an Arsenal, AK-47 rifle and a Ruger .40 caliber pistol. Also seized was more than 500 rounds of ammunition described as .940 Berdan-primed 7.62 x 39mm, FMJ, lead core Ammunition; .260 Wolf Ammunition 9mm x 19mm and Magtech Ammunition. Washington confessed to possession of the firearms and ammunition saying that he bought them off the street for $400.

At that time, Washington had been convicted of two domestic violence crimes, namely, Domestic Abuse Battery, on September 18, 2012, in the Fourth Judicial District Court, Parish of Ouachita, State of Louisiana case number, 12-M-002036; Assault DV, on July 14, 2009, in the County Criminal Court, Dallas County, Texas, case number MA0833712L.

Officers of the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency (ALEA) along with special agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) investigated the case and presented it to the United States Attorney’s Office for prosecution.  The prosecutor assigned to the case was Assistant United States Attorney Gina S. Vann.

Updated September 21, 2018