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Shreveport felon pleads guilty to possessing pistol

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

SHREVEPORT, La. United States Attorney David C. Joseph announced today that Earl Vinson III, 20, of Shreveport, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Elizabeth E. Foote for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

According to the guilty plea, Shreveport police made contact with Vinson on April 24, 2018 outside a restaurant after receiving a call regarding him being a possible suspect in an automobile burglary.  The officers found that Vinson was in possession of a Keltec .380-caliber pistol.  Vinson admitted that he knew he was not allowed to have a firearm as a convicted felon.  He was convicted on December 18, 2017 in state court for accessory after the fact to armed robbery.  Under federal law, it is illegal for felons to possess a firearm or ammunition.

Vinson faces up to 10 years in prison, three years of supervised release and a $250,000 fine.  The court set the sentencing date for July 29, 2019.

The ATF and the Shreveport Police Department conducted the investigation.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Tennille M. Gilreath is prosecuting the case.

Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) is the centerpiece of the Department of Justice’s violent crime reduction efforts.  Project Safe Neighborhoods is an evidence-based program proven to be effective at reducing violent crime. Through PSN, a broad spectrum of stakeholders work together to identify the most pressing violent crime problems in the community and develop comprehensive solutions to address them. As part of this strategy, PSN focuses enforcement efforts on the most violent offenders and partners with locally based prevention and reentry programs for lasting reductions in crime.

Updated April 10, 2019

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