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Department of Justice
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Western District of Louisiana

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Friday, December 21, 2018

Felons in Lake Charles and Shreveport prosecuted for illegally possessing firearms

LAKE CHARLES/SHREVEPORT La. United States Attorney David C. Joseph announced one felon pleaded guilty and two were sentenced this week for firearms violations under the Justice Department’s Project Safe Neighborhoods initiative.

 

Lake Charles felon pleads guilty to unlawfully possessing rifle

            LAKE CHARLES, La. – Forrest Cecil Coker II, 33, of Lake Charles, pleaded guilty Monday before U.S. Magistrate Judge Kathleen Kay to one count of felon in possession of a firearm. According to the guilty plea, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s deputies searched a Laurel Avenue home to execute a pending felony warrant.  Upon searching the home, where Coker was living, deputies found a stolen DPMS Model AR-10, .308-caliber rifle, a small amount of suspected methamphetamine, four suspected Alprazolam pills and two suspected Citalopram pills.  Coker’s criminal history revealed that he was a felon, having previously been convicted of felony offenses on three separate occasions in the State of Louisiana’s 14th Judicial District Court.

Coker faces up to 10 years in prison, three years of supervised release and a $250,000 fine. The court set the sentencing date for March 25, 2019.

The ATF and the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office conducted the investigation.  Assistant U.S. Attorneys Daniel J. McCoy is prosecuting the case.

 

Shreveport felon sentenced to 46 months in prison for possessing a loaded pistol  

            SHREVEPORT, La. – Kevin Summerfield, 26, of Shreveport, was sentenced Wednesday to four years and 10 months in prison by U.S. District Judge Elizabeth E. Foote on one count of felon in possession of a firearm.  He was also sentenced to three years of supervised release.  According to the September 7, 2018 guilty plea, a Shreveport Police officer encountered Summerfield at a hotel on Monkhouse Drive.  The officer observed that Summerfield had a firearm in his waistband, and he was subsequently arrested.  The firearm was a Hi-Point, Model CF380, .380-caliber pistol and was loaded with 13 rounds of ammunition.  Summerfield was previously convicted of two burglary felonies in 2011 and is not allowed to possess a firearm according to federal law.

The ATF and the Shreveport Police Department conducted the investigation.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Brian C. Flanagan prosecuted the case.

 

Shreveport felon sentenced to 37 months in prison for possessing pistol in car  

            SHREVEPORT, La. – Kenneth W. Robinson, 33, of Shreveport, Louisiana, was sentenced Thursday to three years and one month in prison by U.S. District Judge Elizabeth E. Foote on one count of felon in possession of a firearm. He was also sentenced to three years of supervised release. According to the September 7, 2018 guilty plea, law enforcement officers observed Robinson on January 25, 2018 sitting in a vehicle on Dickinson Street. When officers approached, Robinson fled the vehicle on foot to a nearby apartment. Officers saw a Smith & Wesson SW9VE, 9 mm pistol on the driver’s side floorboard where Robinson had been sitting. They also located Robinson’s mobile phone next to the firearm. He was later arrested and admitted that the firearm was his. Robinson was previously convicted of illegal use of a weapon in 2004, possession of a controlled dangerous substance in 2008 and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon in 2013. The felonies restricted him from possessing a firearm under federal law.

 The ATF, Caddo-Shreveport Narcotics Unit and Shreveport Police Department conducted the investigation.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Seth D. Reeg prosecuted the case.

Project Safe Neighborhoods (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.

Topic(s): 
Firearms Offenses
Project Safe Neighborhoods
Updated December 21, 2018