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Lafayette man sentenced to 10 years in prison for shooting at postal worker

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 was sentenced Monday to 120 months in prison for firing a gun at a postal worker.

David C. Sonnier, 41, of Lafayette, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Richard T. Haik on one count of discharging a firearm during commission of a crime of violence. He was also sentenced to two years of supervised release and ordered to pay $1,178 restitution. According to the September 16, 2015 guilty plea, Sonnier admitted that on March 27, 2014 he shot a Hi Point 9 mm semi-automatic pistol at the door of the postal worker’s vehicle, which was passing in front of Sonnier’s home. The bullet passed through the driver’s side door and the postal worker’s pant leg before becoming lodged in the opposite side of the vehicle, which caused approximately $1,178 of damage.

The U.S. Postal Inspection Service, the FBI and the Lafayette Police Department investigated the case.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Joseph T. Mickel prosecuted the case.

Updated January 12, 2016