Dallas felon sentenced to 7 years in prison for possessing firearm in northeast Louisiana
MONROE, La. – United States Attorney David C. Joseph announced that a Dallas felon was sentenced Wednesday to 84 months in prison for possessing a pistol found during a traffic stop in northeast Louisiana.
Steve Scott, 40, of Dallas, Texas, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Terry A. Doughty on one count of felon in possession of a firearm. He was also sentenced to three years of supervised release. According to the July 26, 2018 guilty plea, Louisiana State Police troopers conducted a stop on Scott’s vehicle for a traffic violation while he was traveling in northeast Louisiana. After searching the vehicle, troopers found a Stallard pistol, Model JS-9, 9 mm caliber, bearing serial number 067896, loaded with nine rounds of 9 mm ammunition. Scott has a prior felony conviction for unlawful possession of a firearm by a convicted felon in Dallas County, Texas.
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. The Justice Department 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, PSN was reinvigorated and all U.S. Attorney’s Offices were directed to develop a district crime reduction strategy that incorporates the lessons learned since PSN launched in 2001.
The ATF and the Louisiana State Police conducted the investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Allison D. Bushnell prosecuted the case.