Winnfield men sentenced on firearms charges
MONROE, La. – United States Attorney Stephanie A. Finley announced that two Winnfield men were sentenced Monday for possessing stolen firearms.
Ashton L. Howard, 33, and Aaron Thomas, 27, both of Winnfield, La., were sentenced to 27 months and 96 months in prison respectively by U.S. District Judge Robert G. James on one count of possession of a stolen firearm, and Thomas was also sentenced for possession of a firearm and ammunition by a convicted felon. They were also sentenced to three years of supervised release. According to the June 15, 2016 guilty pleas, Howard and Thomas received and possessed 14 firearms, ammunition and other items stolen from a Winnfield firearm seller on March 22, 2015. Howard drove four juveniles to a store where they burglarized it. They took and loaded eight rifles, five shotguns, a revolver, ammunition, firearms parts, knives and other items into Howard’s van, which they took to Howard and Thomas’ house. Police found some of the firearms hidden under the house and other firearms at the house of one of the juveniles.
This investigation and prosecution is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods, which is a Department of Justice initiative to promote firearm safety and to reduce firearm crimes by preventing the possession and use of firearms by dangerous and persistent felons and others not authorized to possess a firearm.
The ATF and the Winnfield Police Department conducted the investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert W. Gillespie Jr. prosecuted the case.