Convicted Felon Found Unconscious in Vehicle Flees Police Resulting in Crash and Federal Prison Time
SHREVEPORT, La. - United States Attorney Brandon B. Brown announced that three men who illegally possessed firearms were sentenced today by United States District Judge Elizabeth E. Foote. The three defendants who were sentenced today are as follows:
Christopher Joel Cox, 28, of McLeod, Texas was sentenced to 70 months in prison, followed by 3 years of supervised release for being a prohibited person in possession of firearms. On April 24, 2022, a deputy with the Caddo Parish Sheriff’s Office conducted a traffic stop of a vehicle being driven by Cox. The deputy noticed a pistol laying on the back passenger floorboard and Cox and his passenger gave consent to search the vehicle. During the search, the deputy recovered several loaded firearms from inside the vehicle. After further investigation, law enforcement officers learned that he had an active warrant from Colorado and he was subsequently arrested. Cox was previously convicted of Assault 2-Strangulation-Attempted in Colorado in 2018 and was prohibited from possessing any firearm or ammunition.
The case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and the Caddo Parish Sheriff’s Office and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Brian C. Flanagan.
Jelantis J. Chatman, 28, and Courvisier U. Glover, 24, both of Shreveport, were each charged with being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm. Chatman was sentenced to 30 months in prison and Glover was sentenced to 32 months in prison. Both men will serve 3 years of supervised release following their release from prison.
The charges stem from a traffic stop which occurred on September 16, 2022. An officer with the Shreveport Police Department stopped the vehicle which was being driven by Chatman and in which Glover was the passenger. During a subsequent search of the vehicle, officers found a loaded Glock pistol with an extended magazine under Chatman’s seat, as well as a loaded Glock pistol under Glover’s seat.
Chatman and Glover each have prior felony convictions and knew that they were prohibited from possessing a firearm or ammunition. Chatman’s prior felony convictions are for simple burglary in 2015, and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon in 2018 in U.S. District Court in the Western District of Louisiana. Glover has an extensive criminal history, including being convicted twice for possession of a firearm by a person convicted of domestic abuse battery, in 2018 and 2020.
The case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and the Shreveport Police Department and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Seth D. Reeg.
These cases are part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and gun violence, and to make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. On May 26, 2021, the Department launched a violent crime reduction strategy strengthening PSN based on these core principles: fostering trust and legitimacy in our communities, supporting community-based organizations that help prevent violence from occurring in the first place, setting focused and strategic enforcement priorities, and measuring the results.
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