Shreveport Gang Member Sentenced in Federal Court for Illegally Possessing a Firearm While Under Indictment on State Court Charge of Second Degree Murder
SHREVEPORT, La. – United States Attorney David C. Joseph announced today that Mark Anthony Crawford, 27, of Shreveport, pleaded guilty before Chief U.S. District Judge S. Maurice Hicks Jr. to possessing a pistol loaded with 31 bullets.
According to the guilty plea, Shreveport police learned through a Crime Stoppers tip that Crawford was at a residence on Algonquin Trail, armed with several weapons and in possession of narcotics. After arriving at the residence, the officers found a Romarm/Cugir Mini Draco 7.62 caliber pistol under a bed loaded with 31 rounds of ammunition. Crawford admitted to police officers that he had purchased the firearm off the streets, and knew that as a convicted felon, he was restricted from possessing a firearm. Crawford pleaded guilty to aggravated flight from an officer on November 8, 2010. Under federal law, felons are not allowed to possess firearms or ammunition.
Crawford faces up to 10 years in prison, three years of supervised release and a $250,000 fine. Judge Hicks set the sentencing date for August 29, 2019.
The ATF and Shreveport Police Department conducted the investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Brandon B. Brown is prosecuting the case.
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