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Department of Justice

U.S. Attorney's Office
Middle District of Louisiana

For Immediate Release

Friday, October 6, 2023
Ronald C. Gathe, Jr.
, United States Attorney

Convicted Felon Sentenced to 120 Months in Federal Prison for Gun Charge

United States Attorney Ronald C. Gathe, Jr. announced that U.S. District Judge John W. deGravelles sentenced Derrick Lamont Johnson, age 43, of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, to 120 months in federal prison following his conviction for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. The Court further sentenced Johnson to three years of supervised release following his term of imprisonment and ordered that the firearm involved be forfeited.

According to admissions made as a part of his guilty plea, on February 19, 2019, 911 received a call that Johnson was outside a residence threatening an individual with a gun over an encounter that occurred earlier that day. When the police arrived, they found Johnson at the front door, unarmed. Johnson was immediately detained in cuffs and placed in the back of a police unit. Once Johnson was safely in police custody, the caller told police that the gun Johnson had was in the trunk of their car. With the caller’s permission, officers entered the automobile and recovered a shotgun from the trunk.

Prior to possessing the firearm, Johnson had been convicted in East Baton Rouge Parish of aggravated flight from an officer in March 2003, simple robbery in September 2003, and felon in possession of a firearm in January 2012.

This matter was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Kristen Lundin Craig.


New Orleans Field Division