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Starks felon sentenced to 18 months in prison for possessing three firearms, ammunition

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Western District of Louisiana

LAKE CHARLES, La. – United States Attorney David C. Joseph announced that Ronald Joseph Guillory, 45, of Starks, Louisiana, was sentenced Monday to 18 months in prison by U.S. District Judge Donald E. Walter for possessing a shotgun, a rifle, a pistol and ammunition.

When Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s officers responded to a disturbance on April 6, 2018 at a home near Vinton, Louisiana, they found Guillory sitting inside of his truck in the driveway.  After the officers approached the vehicle, they noticed drug paraphernalia and arrested Guillory.  They found a Stevens .16-gauge single-shot shotgun, a Marlin .22-caliber semi-automatic rifle, a Cobra .380-caliber semi-automatic pistol and ammunition on the back seat.  Guillory admitted to the officers he was in possession of the weapons.  Under federal law, Guillory is not allowed to possess a firearm or ammunition as a convicted felon.  He was convicted of simple burglary in February of 2007.  He pleaded guilty in federal court on November 15, 2018.

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 reductions in crime.

The ATF and the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office conducted the investigation.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Kelly P. Uebinger prosecuted the case.

Updated March 28, 2019

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