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Alexandria felon sentenced to more than 4 years in prison for possessing pistol

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

ALEXANDRIA, La. Theodore Hines, 37, of Alexandria, was sentenced last week to 51 months in prison by U.S. District Judge Dee D. Drell for possession of a firearm by a felon, U.S. Attorney David C. Joseph announced.  He was also sentenced Thursday to two years of supervised release and was ordered to pay a $5,000 fine. 

According to the guilty plea, an Alexandria police officer observed Hines on June 26, 2018 remove a pistol from his pocket and throw it onto the ground.  Hines told police officers he had the pistol to protect himself.  After his arrest, police took possession of the loaded Kel-Tec .380-caliber pistol.  Hines has multiple previous felonies related to drug trafficking. According to federal law, Hines is not allowed to possess a firearm or ammunition as a convicted felon.  He pleaded guilty on December 11, 2018.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN).  PSN is the centerpiece of the Department of Justice’s violent crime reduction efforts.  PSN is an evidence-based program proven to be effective at reducing violent crime.  Through PSN, a broad spectrum of stakeholders work together to identify the most pressing violent crime problems in the community and develop comprehensive solutions to address them.  As part of this strategy, PSN focuses enforcement efforts on the most violent offenders and partners with locally based prevention and reentry programs for lasting reductions in crime.

The ATF and the Alexandria Police Department conducted the investigation.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Cadesby B. Cooper prosecuted the case.

Updated March 11, 2019

Topics
Firearms Offenses
Project Safe Neighborhoods