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

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Thursday, July 17, 2014

Sulphur Man Sentenced To 180 Months In Prison For Firearms Possession

LAKE CHARLES, La. –A Sulphur man was sentenced to 180 months in prison and five years of supervised released for possessing multiple firearms illegally, U.S. Attorney Stephanie A. Finley announced today.

Todd Allen Booth, 33, of Sulphur, La., was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Patricia Minaldi for one count of possessing firearms after having been convicted of multiple felonies. According to evidence presented at the guilty plea on March 27, 2014, law enforcement officers executed a warrant at Booth’s residence on July 10, 2012, and found eight firearms and ammunition. Of the firearms, three were shotguns, two were rifles and three were handguns. At the sentencing hearing today, the prosecution introduced records showing Booth was previously convicted of three residential burglaries. Booth was convicted of simple burglary in two separate matters in the 14th Judicial District Court in Calcasieu Parish in May of 2003. He was also convicted of burglary in Orange County, Texas, in June of 2001.These three prior convictions subject him to a mandatory jail term of not less than 15 years and not more than life under the Armed Career Criminal Act.

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, FBI, and the Calcasieu Anti-drug Team investigated the case.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Joseph T. Mickel prosecuted the case.

Updated January 26, 2015