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Monterey man pleads guilty to being a felon in possession of a .22 caliber revolver

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

ALEXANDRIA, La. Acting U.S. Attorney Alexander C. Van Hook announced that Monterey man pleaded guilty Monday to possessing a revolver after having been convicted of a felony.


Marcus L. Cummings, 58, of Monterey, La., pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Dee D. Drell to one count of felon in possession of a firearm. According to the guilty plea, a Louisiana probation agent encountered Cummings on August 25, 2015 at a Monterey gas station. Cummings was on parole for a November 2006 felony conviction. The probation agent asked him if he was in possession of either a controlled substance or a firearm. Possessing either would have been a violation of Cummings’ parole. Cummings said he had a revolver in his vehicle, and they went to his vehicle to retrieve it. The agent found the defendant to be in possession of a .22 caliber Smith and Wesson revolver.


Cummings faces up to 10 years in prison, three years of supervised release and a $250,000 fine. The court set a January 2, 2018 sentencing date.


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 Louisiana Probation and Parole conducted the investigation.  Assistant U.S. Attorney T. Forrest Phillips is prosecuting the case.

Updated October 3, 2017

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