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

Friday, May 4, 2018

Shreveport felon sentenced to 41 months in prison for possessing a handgun, ammunition

SHREVEPORT, La. United States Attorney David C. Joseph announced that a Shreveport felon was sentenced Thursday to three years and five months in prison for possessing a handgun with an obliterated serial number.

Jarvis L. Alexander, 33, of Shreveport, 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 January 12, 2018 guilty plea, a Shreveport Police officer was attempting to execute an arrest warrant at a Canal Street residence when the officer came upon Alexander sleeping in a car in the driveway. The officer asked Alexander to step out of the car and noticed a black and silver handgun in the driver’s door compartment. The loaded Smith and Wesson SD 40 caliber handgun also had an obliterated serial number. Alexander has a previous felony conviction in Caddo Parish.

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 Shreveport Police Department conducted the investigation.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Tiffany E. Fields prosecuted the case.

Firearms Offenses
Project Safe Neighborhoods
Updated May 4, 2018