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Department of Justice
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Western District of Louisiana

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Friday, November 30, 2018

Two northwest Louisiana felons sentenced, one pleads guilty to firearms charges

SHREVEPORT, La. United States Attorney David C. Joseph announced that two northwest Louisiana felons were sentenced and one pled guilty to firearms charges.

 

Felon from Many, Louisiana sentenced for possessing firearms after assault and police standoff at barbershop 

Willie D. Carhee, 56, of Many, Louisiana, was sentenced Thursday to 84 months in prison by U.S. District Judge S. Maurice Hicks Jr. on one count of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.  He was also sentenced to three years of supervised release. According to the August 20, 2018 guilty plea, police responded to a 911 domestic assault call that occurred at a barbershop in Many on April 27, 2017.  After the assault, Carhee ran inside the barbershop where he worked and refused to leave.  The victim told the police dispatcher that Carhee had a firearm at the barbershop as well as firearms at his home.  Law enforcement set up a perimeter and called SWAT. A Many police officer found and seized a loaded Hi-Point Firearms .45 caliber pistol in plain view in Carhee’s car, which was parked in front of the barbershop.  After SWAT threw a telephone through the window of the barbershop, Carhee surrendered to authorities.  A search of the barbershop yielded approximately 190 grams of marijuana.  Police searched Carhee’s home and found a Marlin, Glenfield model 70, .22 caliber rifle, a Remington, model: 770, .308 caliber rifle, a Remington, model: 710, .30-06 caliber rifle, and several marijuana plants in the backyard.  Carhee has a long criminal history involving drugs and firearms.  He has at least six felony convictions, which include: possession of a Schedule II drug in the 10th Judicial District, Natchitoches Parish, on March 12, 2012, possession/introduction of contraband into a penal institution on July 10, 2008, manufacturing of a Schedule I drug and illegal carrying of a weapon in Sabine Parish, Louisiana, on September 14, 2006, unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon in the 294th Judicial District, Dallas, Texas, and reckless injury to a child in Dallas, Texas.  Being a convicted felon, Carhee is not allowed to possess a firearm.

The ATF and Many Police Department conducted the investigation.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Mike O’Mara prosecuted the case.

 

 Shreveport felon sentenced to 26 months in prison for using relative’s pistol

Frank G. Pearson, 22, of Shreveport, was sentenced Monday to two years and two months in prison by U.S. District Judge Elizabeth E. Foote on one count of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. He was also sentenced to three years of supervised release. According to the August 20, 2018 guilty plea, Shreveport police recovered a Zastava model PAP M92PV 7.62x39 mm pistol, 36 rounds of ammunition and two 7.62 magazines taped together at the home of Pearson’s relative.  The firearm belonged to Pearson’s relative, but Pearson had access to the firearm and had borrowed it on several occasions between June 1, 2017 and August 23, 2017.  Pearson is a felon who was previously convicted in 2016 for theft and illegal use of a weapon.  He is restricted from possessing a firearm.

The ATF and Shreveport Police Department conducted the investigation.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Allison D. Bushnell prosecuted the case.

 

Shreveport man pleads guilty to drug, firearm charges

Ellis Harp III, 44, of Shreveport, pleaded guilty on Thursday before U.S. District Judge Elizabeth E. Foote to one count of possession with intent to distribute cocaine and one count of possession of a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking.  According to the guilty plea, law enforcement agents executed three warrants - one on Hollywood Avenue and two on Earl Street in Shreveport, Louisiana.  Shreveport police and SWAT executed a warrant at one of Harp’s Earl Street residences. During a search of a shed on the property, police found 137.080 grams of powder cocaine, three sets of digital scales, a Ruger .44-caliber revolver and an Olympic Arms Inc. SGW & Safari Arms AR-15.  Harp is a convicted felon and pleaded guilty in 2010 to one count of being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm.

Harp faces up to 20 years in prison for drug distribution and five years in prison for firearm’s possession.  He also faces up to five years of supervised release and a $1 million fine.  The court set the sentencing date for March 29, 2019. 

The ATF, DEA, Caddo Parish Sheriff’s Office and Shreveport Police Department conducted the investigation.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Tennille M. Gilreath is prosecuting the case. 

These cases were brought as part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program that has been historically successful in bringing together all levels of law enforcement to reduce violent crime and make our neighborhoods safer for everyone.   The Justice Department has made turning the tide of rising violent crime in America a top priority.   In October 2017, as part of a series of actions to address this crime trend, PSN was reinvigorated and all U.S. Attorney’s Offices were directed to develop a district crime reduction strategy that incorporates the lessons learned since PSN launched in 2001.

Topic(s): 
Drug Trafficking
Firearms Offenses
Project Safe Neighborhoods
Updated November 30, 2018