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Lafayette felon sentenced for illegal possession of firearm

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Western District of Louisiana

LAFAYETTE, La. Nicholas Joseph Felix, 27, of Lafayette, was sentenced today to 37 months in prison and three years of supervised release by U.S. District Judge James D. Cain Jr. for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, announced U.S. Attorney David C. Joseph.  Felix pleaded guilty on March 11, 2019. 

During a traffic stop of Felix’s vehicle on May 6, 2018, Lafayette police officers approached the vehicle and encountered the smell of burnt marijuana.  They searched his vehicle and found a Charter Arms, Model Bulldog, .44 Special revolver in the trunk. Nicholas Felix has two prior felony convictions for aggravated battery and obstruction of justice.  Under federal law, it is illegal for anyone who has been convicted of a felony to be in possession of a firearm or ammunition.

The ATF and Lafayette Police Department conducted the investigation.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Danny Siefker prosecuted the case.

Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) is the centerpiece of the Department of Justice’s violent crime reduction efforts. Project Safe Neighborhoods 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.

Updated July 18, 2019

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