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Lafayette man pleads guilty to felon in possession of a firearm charge

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

LAFAYETTE, La. – United States Attorney Stephanie A. Finley announced that a Lafayette man pleaded guilty Tuesday to possessing a firearm after having previously been convicted of a felony.

Jarrod Ty Foxworthy, 29, of Lafayette, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Richard T. Haik to one count of possession of a firearm by convicted felon. According to the guilty plea, the Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s Office dispatched a deputy to investigate a complaint on April 2, 2013. Someone matching Foxworthy’s description was seen firing a weapon in the front yard of a home on Nyoka Circle in Lafayette. When Foxworthy arrived to be interviewed by the deputy, he was carrying a black Smith & Wesson M&P .40 caliber semi-automatic handgun and was later taken into custody. The defendant had been previously convicted in March of 2007 in North Carolina state court of common law robbery, for which he was sentenced to 12 to 15 months in prison.

Foxworthy faces up to 10 years in prison, three years supervised release and a $10,000 fine.  A sentencing date was not set.

This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods, which is a Department of Justice initiative designed to reduce firearm crimes by removing dangerous and persistent felons from the community and promote firearm safety.

The ATF and the Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s Office conducted the investigation.  Assistant U.S. Attorney David C. Joseph is prosecuting the case.

Updated November 27, 2015