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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, May 1, 2018

4 Shreveport felons sentenced in 4 cases on firearms charges

SHREVEPORT, La. United States Attorney David C. Joseph announced that four Shreveport felons were sentenced last week on firearms charges that are part of the Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) program.

“These prosecutions will lead to safer neighborhoods in Shreveport and the surrounding cities and parishes,” Joseph stated. “Federal laws concerning the manufacture, sale, use and possession of firearms do not only regulate firearms, they also keep firearms out of the hands of those who would use them to harm others and remove dangerous felons from our streets. I want to thank the prosecutors, the Shreveport Police Department, and the ATF for working together to bring these cases to a successful conclusion.”

To find out more about each case, see below:

 

Shreveport man sentenced to 3 years in prison for possessing revolver

 

            Kevin Anthony Dison Jr., 22, of Shreveport, was sentenced on April 23, 2018 to 36 months in prison by U.S. District Judge Elizabeth E. Foote on one count of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. He was also sentenced to three years of supervised release. According to the December 18, 2017 guilty plea, Shreveport Police officers stopped the vehicle Dison was driving on April 11, 2017. Police searched the vehicle and found a loaded Rossi revolver, model .38 caliber, which was located on the floorboard partially under the driver’s seat. Assistant U.S. Attorney J. Aaron Crawford prosecuted the case.

 

Shreveport man sentenced to 57 months for possessing handgun in vehicle

 

Terrance Terze Cochran, 19, of Shreveport, was sentenced on April 23, 2018 to four years and nine months in prison by U.S. District Judge Elizabeth E. Foote on one count of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. He was also sentenced to three years of supervised release.  According to the December 11, 2017 guilty plea, a Shreveport Police officer attempted to pull over Cochran’s vehicle on January 11, 2017.  Cochran slowed down, jumped out of the car while it was still moving, and fled on foot after losing a shoe. Another Shreveport Police officer saw Cochran fleeing a couple blocks away and ran after him.  The officer tried to handcuff Cochran, but Cochran resisted and grabbed for his waistband several times.  Another officer arrived, saw Cochran had a gun in his waistband and was able to assist the first officer in cuffing Cochran.  The first officer sustained an injured hand in the altercation, which required surgery.  The officers found a loaded Ruger P89 .9 mm semiautomatic handgun stuffed in Cochran’s pants. Officers also found .5 grams of cocaine, .5 grams of crack cocaine and more than a gram of marijuana on him. Assistant U.S. Attorney Mike O’Mara prosecuted the case.

  

Shreveport man sentenced to 5 years in prison for exchanging methamphetamine for a handgun

 

Jason Brian Wallace, 33, of Shreveport, was sentenced Wednesday to 60 months in prison by U.S. District Judge Elizabeth E. Foote on one count of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. He was also sentenced to three years of supervised release. According to the December 19, 2017 guilty plea, law enforcement agents operating in an undercover capacity set up a controlled buy with Wallace on July 5, 2017 in Shreveport. Wallace met the undercover agent in a car and exchanged 3.5 grams of methamphetamine for a Sig Sauer, model P226 9 mm pistol. Wallace took out the methamphetamine, weighed it with a portable scale and placed it in a baggie before giving it to the undercover agent. After exiting the vehicle, police arrived to arrest him. When Wallace saw the police, he discarded 18 grams of methamphetamine, which was later recovered. Wallace has a 2011 felony conviction in Louisiana for operating a clandestine drug laboratory. Assistant U.S. Attorney Earl M. Campbell prosecuted the case.

  

Shreveport man sentenced to 58 months in prison for possessing three handguns on court house property

Deantre D. Caldwell, 30, of Shreveport, was sentenced Friday to four years and 10 months in prison by U.S. District Judge Elizabeth E. Foote to one count of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. He was also sentenced to three years of supervised release. According to the January 5, 2018 guilty plea, Caldwell was traveling in the front passenger seat of a car that was rear-ended on April 24, 2017 near the intersection of Caddo and Market streets. The two drivers and Caldwell exited the vehicle. Caldwell had one of the drivers retrieve a backpack containing firearms from the front seat of the car he was traveling in, and he hid it in bushes outside of the Tom Stagg U.S. Court House. When officers arrived, a guard on duty at the federal court house informed the officers that he had seen Caldwell move the backpack. Officers found the bag, and it contained a Diamondback, model: DB-15, multi-caliber pistol; a Glock, model: 27GEN4, .40 caliber pistol; and a Glock, model 30GEN4, .45 auto caliber pistol. The driver said the backpack belonged to Caldwell. The defendant was convicted of illegal use of a weapon on February 21, 2007 in Caddo Parish and was restricted from possessing firearms. Assistant U.S. Attorney Tiffany E. Fields prosecuted the case.

The ATF and Shreveport Police Department conducted the investigations into each case.

These cases are part of PSN, a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and make our neighborhoods safer for everyone.   Attorney General Jeff Sessions reinvigorated PSN in 2017 as part of the Department’s renewed focus on targeting violent criminals, directing all U.S. Attorney’s Offices to work in partnership with federal, state, local and tribal law enforcement and the local community to develop effective, locally-based strategies to reduce violent crime.

Topic(s): 
Firearms Offenses
Project Safe Neighborhoods
Updated May 1, 2018