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Western District of Louisiana

Friday, September 26, 2014

Shreveport Man Pleads Guilty to Possessing an Assault Rifle after being Convicted of Felonies


SHREVEPORT, La. –A Shreveport man pleaded guilty Thursday to possessing an assault rifle and ammunition after being convicted of multiple felonies, U.S. Attorney Stephanie A. Finley announced.

Cori Yarborough, 40, of Shreveport, pleaded guilty Thursday before U.S. District Judge Elizabeth E. Foote to one count of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. According to evidence presented at the guilty plea, Shreveport Police responded to a complaint on May 3, 2014 that someone was driving in a van with an assault rifle. They stopped Yarborough’s vehicle and found a Colt rifle, model M4, .223 caliber, and ammunition. After examining the rifle, police found that it had been reported stolen. Yarborough has multiple felonies including simple robbery in 1992, aggravated battery in 1997, and attempted burglary of an inhabited dwelling in 2012.

 Yarborough faces 10 years in prison, and if the court finds he qualifies as an armed career criminal based on his prior record, he could face a mandatory 15 years in prison.  He also faces three years of supervised release and a $250,000 fine. A sentencing date of January 30, 2015 was set.

This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods, which is a Department of Justice initiative designed to reduce firearm crimes by removing dangerous and persistent felons from the community and promote firearm safety.

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

Updated January 30, 2015