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

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Thursday, June 25, 2015

Lafayette man pleads guilty to possessing stolen firearm

LAFAYETTE, La. – United States Attorney Stephanie A. Finley announced that a Lafayette man pleaded guilty Wednesday to possessing a stolen handgun.

Cordera Dean Felix, 27, of Lafayette, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Richard T. Haik to one count of possession of a stolen firearm. According to evidence presented at the guilty plea, Lafayette Police arrested Felix on June 27, 2014, near the 900 block of East Simcoe Street on an active warrant. Officers recovered a Glock model 36, .45 caliber pistol from Felix.  He stated that he was approached by juveniles who showed him a bag containing approximately eight handguns. He purchased the .45 caliber pistol from them. The handgun was reported stolen from Dave’s Gun Shop in Lafayette.

Felix faces up to 10 years in prison, three years of supervised release and a $250,000 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 Police Department conducted the investigation.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Dominic A. Rossetti is prosecuting the case.

Updated June 25, 2015