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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Shreveport felon sentenced to 57 months in prison for possessing pistol

SHREVEPORT, La. United States Attorney David C. Joseph announced today that Dennis Lee Richardson, 29, of Shreveport, was sentenced to four years and nine months in prison by Chief U.S. District Judge S. Maurice Hicks Jr. for possessing a semi-automatic pistol.  He was also sentenced to three years of supervised release.

On June 29, 2018, law enforcement agents executed a search warrant at a Prentiss Street residence.  As the agents approached the home, they saw Richardson and his girlfriend sitting in a parked car in the driveway.  The agents also observed a loaded Glock semi-automatic pistol with an extended clip on the floorboard behind the front passenger seat.  Richardson is a convicted felon who pleaded guilty on March 10, 2014 in Caddo Parish for attempted illegal carrying of weapons while in possession of a controlled dangerous substance.  Under federal law, felons are not allowed to possess a firearm or ammunition.  He pleaded guilty to the federal firearms charge on December 11, 2018.

The ATF and the Caddo-Shreveport Narcotics Task Force conducted the investigation.  Assistant U.S. Attorneys Jessica D. Cassidy and Earl M. Campbell prosecuted 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.

Topic(s): 
Firearms Offenses
Project Safe Neighborhoods
Updated April 10, 2019