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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Many woman sentenced to 27 months in prison for possession of sawed-off shotgun

ALEXANDRIA, La. – United States Attorney Stephanie A. Finley announced today that a woman from Many was sentenced to 27 months in prison for possessing a short-barreled shotgun.

Christi Rene McPherson, 36, of Many, La., was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Dee D. Drell on one count of unlawful possession of a short-barreled shotgun. She was also sentenced to three years of supervised release and was ordered to pay a $1,000 fine. According to the July 26, 2016 guilty plea, after a physical altercation with her boyfriend, McPherson took a black bag from the boyfriend’s house in 2015 that contained firearms and other contraband. The Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Office contacted McPherson at a convenience store and found her to be in possession of the black containing a 12-gauge shotgun with a barrel less than 18 inches, five grenade simulators, a Kevlar vest and other firearms. McPherson was also found to be in possession of 3 grams of methamphetamine and 12 pills of Lorazepam. Federal law restricts the ownership of shotguns with barrels shorter than 18 inches long and requires that they be registered.

This investigation and prosecution is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods, which is a Department of Justice initiative to promote firearm safety and to reduce firearm crimes by preventing the possession and use of firearms by dangerous and persistent felons and others not authorized to possess a firearm.

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

Topic(s): 
Firearms Offenses
Project Safe Neighborhoods
Updated November 22, 2016