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Abbeville felon sentenced to one year in prison for possessing pistol

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Western District of Louisiana

ALEXANDRIA, La. United States Attorney David C. Joseph announced today that an Abbeville man was sentenced to 12 months and one day in prison for illegally possessing a pistol.

Carlin Jerrid Montgomery, 38, of Abbeville, Louisiana, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Dee D. Drell 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 July 2, 2018 guilty plea, law enforcement agents executed a search warrant at Montgomery’s home on April 28, 2017 and found a .45-caliber pistol and ammunition. The handgun was concealed in the exterior shell of a black metal stereo tuner lying on the floor under Montgomery’s bedroom window. The defendant was convicted on June 11, 2002 for possession of crack cocaine and is prohibited from possessing a firearm.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program that has been historically successful in bringing together all levels of law enforcement to reduce violent crime and make our neighborhoods safer for everyone.   Attorney General Jeff Sessions has made turning the tide of rising violent crime in America a top priority.   In October 2017, as part of a series of actions to address this crime trend, Attorney General Sessions announced the reinvigoration of PSN and directed all U.S. Attorney’s Offices to develop a district crime reduction strategy that incorporates the lessons learned since PSN launched in 2001.

Homeland Security Investigations, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, and ATF conducted the investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert C. Abendroth prosecuted the case.

Updated September 28, 2018

Firearms Offenses
Project Safe Neighborhoods