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Convicted felon sentenced to 39 months in prison for possession of a firearm

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

SHREVEPORT, La. – United States Attorney Stephanie A. Finley announced today that a Shreveport man was sentenced to 39 months in prison for possessing a shotgun after he was previously convicted of a felony.

Jonathan Paul Bailey, 37, of Shreveport, La., was sentenced 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 July 22, 2015 guilty plea, agents with Louisiana Probation and Parole were attempting to execute an arrest warrant for another person at Bailey’s residence in Shreveport on March 24, 2015. Agents found a sawed-off 12 gauge shotgun and shells that belonged to Bailey. It was unlawful for Bailey to possess the firearm and ammunition because of his conviction in June of 2000 in the First Judicial District Court in Caddo Parish for armed robbery in which a shotgun was used to rob three people in a restaurant.

This investigation and prosecution is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods, which is a Department of Justice initiative to reduce firearm crimes by preventing the possession and use of firearms by dangerous and persistent felons and others not authorized to possess a firearm and to promote firearm safety.

The ATF and Louisiana Probation and Parole investigated the case. Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert W. Gillespie prosecuted the case.

Updated February 11, 2016