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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Western District of Louisiana

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Haynesville Man Sentenced To 96 Months In Prison For Illegally Possessing A Firearm

SHREVEPORT, La. –United States Attorney Stephanie A. Finley announced today that Ricky Nikki Beene, 38 of Haynesville, La., was sentenced Tuesday by U.S. District Judge Elizabeth E. Foote to 96 months in prison and three years of supervised release for possessing a firearm after being convicted of a felony.

According to evidence presented at the guilty plea on January 24, 2014, Haynesville Police officers responded to a call on June 1, 2012 that a man with a gun was seen at an apartment complex. The man was later identified as Beene. Police waited for Beene at his home, and when he arrived, he was driving a car matching the description of one seen at the apartment complex. The car was searched, and a loaded .380 caliber pistol, more than $900, and crack cocaine and marijuana were found.

The Haynesville Police Department, the Claiborne Parish Sheriff’s Office, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives conducted the investigation.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert W. Gillespie Jr. is prosecuting the case as part of Project Safe Neighborhoods.  Project Safe Neighborhoods is a nationwide program to reduce violence by aggressively enforcing existing federal firearms and explosives laws.

Updated January 26, 2015