For Immediate Release
Alexandria Man Sentenced to 4 and a Half Years for Being a Felon in Possession of a Stolen Pistol
ALEXANDNRIA, La. – Freddie Lewis, 28, of Alexandria, was sentenced Tuesday by U.S. District Judge Dee D. Drell to serve 54 months in federal prison and one year of supervised release for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, announced U.S. Attorney David C. Joseph. Lewis previously pleaded guilty to the federal charge on April 16, 2019.
A Louisiana State Trooper stopped Freddie Lewis in Alexandria on December 12, 2017, and found that he was in possession of a loaded Glock 22, .40-caliber pistol that was reported stolen. Lewis is prohibited from possessing a firearm because of previous felony convictions that include possession of cocaine (2010), aggravated flight from an officer and simple burglary of a religious building (2013), obscenity (2015) and attempted possession of a firearm by a convicted felon (2017). Under federal law, felons are not allowed to possess a firearm or ammunition.
The ATF and Louisiana State Police conducted the investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Mike O’Mara prosecuted the case.
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