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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, March 1, 2018

Natchitoches man sentenced to 34 months in prison for illegal possession of firearm

SHREVEPORT, La. United States Attorney Alexander C. Van Hook announced that a Natchitoches man was sentenced Wednesday to two years and 10 months in prison for illegal possession of a pistol and ammunition.

Mazarious D. Coleman, 28, of Natchitoches, La., previously of Many, La., was sentenced by U.S. District Judge S. Maurice Hicks Jr. on one count of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. He was also sentenced to three years of supervised release. According to the October 17, 2017 guilty plea, Coleman was arrested on January 26, 2017 after someone reported that he fired shots at another person. Police searched his apartment in Many and found a .40 caliber Glock pistol that had been shoved through a drywall portion of the roof by an air conditioning duct. A box of ammunition was found in the kitchen. Coleman was previously convicted of a felony in 2013 in Sabine Parish and is prohibited from possessing a firearm.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program that has been historically successful in bringing together all levels of law enforcement to reduce violent crime and make our neighborhoods safe for everyone. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has made turning the tide of rising violent crime in America a top priority. In October 2017, as part of a series of actions to address this crime trend, Attorney General Sessions announced the reinvigoration of PSN and directed all U.S. Attorney’s Offices to develop a district crime reduction strategy that incorporates the lessons learned since PSN launched in 2001.

The ATF and Many Police Department conducted the investigation.  Assistant U.S. Attorney James G. Cowles Jr. is prosecuting the case.

Topic(s): 
Firearms Offenses
Project Safe Neighborhoods
Updated March 1, 2018