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Department of Justice
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Western District of Louisiana

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Friday, July 25, 2014

Keithville Man Sentenced To 60 Months In Prison For Theft Of Firearms From Warehouse

SHREVEPORT, La. –A Keithville man was sentenced Thursday to 60 months in prison and three years of supervised release for his part in stealing firearms from a Shreveport warehouse, U.S. Attorney Stephanie A. Finley announced today.

James Minor Jr., 44, of Keithville, La., was sentenced Thursday by U.S. District Judge S. Maurice Hicks Jr. to one count of conspiracy to steal firearms. According to evidence presented at the guilty plea on March 13, 2014, Minor conspired with David McNeil, Cameron Johnson, and Luther Williams Jr. to steal 63 Colt M4 Carbine rifles from a shipping warehouse in Shreveport on October 13, 2013. Johnson worked as a guard at the warehouse and allowed Minor and the other defendants inside. More than 55 rounds of ammunition were later found at McNeil’s residence after a search warrant was executed.

For their roles in the case, Williams, 23, of Shreveport, was sentenced on June 30, 2014, to 33 months in prison; Johnson, 22, of Keithville, was sentenced to 37 months in prison; and McNeil, 31, of Keithville, was sentenced to 72 months in prison. They were all ordered to serve three years of supervised release. Minor, Johnson, and Williams were also ordered to pay restitution of $30,062 jointly and severally.

This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods. Project Safe Neighborhoods is a Department of Justice initiative designed to reduce firearm crimes by removing dangerous and persistent felons from the community and promote firearm safety. Project Safe Neighborhoods attorneys prosecute a variety of federal firearms violations listed in Titles 18 and 26 of the U.S. Code, including illegal possession of firearms and commission of crimes with firearms.

The ATF, Caddo Parish Sheriff’s Office and Shreveport Police Department conducted the investigation.  Assistant U.S. Attorney James G. Cowles Jr. prosecuted the case.

Updated January 26, 2015