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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, February 8, 2018

Shreveport felon pleads guilty to possessing pistol found at residence

SHREVEPORT, La. United States Attorney Alexander C. Van Hook announced that a Shreveport man previously convicted of a felony pleaded guilty Wednesday to possessing a pistol found in his residence.

Kenneth D. Mayweather, 20, of Shreveport, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Elizabeth E. Foote to one count of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. According to the guilty plea, the Caddo-Shreveport Narcotics Street Level Investigative Unit searched a Shreveport residence on August 3, 2017 as part of a drug investigation. Three males were taken into custody during the search with two of them apprehended in the backyard after attempting to flee the residence. Also during the search, law enforcement agents found a Glock, model 23, .40 caliber pistol and 11 rounds of ammunition. Mayweather admitted to owning the firearm and that he was not allowed to have one as he has a prior felony conviction.

Mayweather faces up to 10 years in prison, three years of supervised release and a $250,000 fine. The court set a sentencing date of May 30, 2018.

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 Session 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 Caddo-Shreveport Narcotics Unit conducted the investigation.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Tiffany E. Fields is prosecuting the case.

Topic(s): 
Firearms Offenses
Project Safe Neighborhoods
Updated February 8, 2018