Monroe felon pleads guilty to possessing pistol
MONROE, La. – United States Attorney David C. Joseph announced that a Monroe resident pleaded guilty Thursday to illegal possession of a loaded pistol at his residence.
Daryl Nelson, 49, of Monroe, pleaded guilty before U.S. Magistrate Judge Karen L. Hayes to one count of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. The plea will be final when accepted by U.S. District Judge S. Maurce Hicks Jr. According to the guilty plea, Monroe police executed a search warrant on March 28, 2017 and found Nelson alone in bed with a loaded Ruger, Model P85, 9-mm caliber pistol. The firearm belonged to Nelson, and he has been convicted of multiple felonies. During the same search, officers found a loaded Glock, model 26, 9 mm caliber pistol that belonged to codefendant Santron Jones, 33, of Monroe. Jones has been previously convicted to two drug felonies and is not allowed to possess a handgun.
The defendants face up to 10 years in prison, three years of supervised release, a $250,000 fine and forfeiture of the seized weapons. The court set sentencing for August 29, 2018. Jones pleaded guilty February 15, 2018 to the firearms count. The court set sentencing for May 21, 2018.
This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. Attorney General Jeff Sessions reinvigorated PSN in 2017 as part of the Department’s renewed focus on targeting violent criminals, directing all U.S. Attorney’s Offices to work in partnership with federal, state, local and tribal law enforcement and the local community to develop effective, locally-based strategies to reduce violent crime.
The ATF and Monroe Metro Narcotics conducted the investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Seth D. Reeg is prosecuting the case.