SHREVEPORT, La. – United States Attorney Stephanie A. Finley announced today that a federal jury found a Shreveport man guilty of possessing a firearm after being convicted of a felony.
Marcus Milton, 38, of Shreveport, La., was found guilty of one count of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. United States District Judge Elizabeth E. Foote presided over the trial. The defendant’s trial started Monday and ended today with the jury returning the guilty verdict after deliberating for approximately 45 minutes. Evidence admitted at trial revealed that after executing a probation violation warrant at Milton’s home on December 4, 2014, law enforcement agents found a Tanfoglio semiautomatic pistol and .40 caliber ammunition in the trunk of his vehicle that was parked in front of his residence. Prior to this offense, Milton had other felony convictions, which precluded him from lawfully possessing a weapon.
Milton faces up to 10 years in prison, three years of supervised release, a $250,000 fine and forfeiture of the weapon seized. A sentencing date of January 28, 2016 was set.
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 Earl M. Campbell is prosecuting the case.