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Department of Justice

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

For Immediate Release

Tuesday, October 17, 2023
Ronald C. Gathe, Jr.
, United States Attorney

Convicted Felon Sentenced to 35 Months in Federal Prison for Illegally Possessing a Firearm

United States Attorney Ronald C. Gathe, Jr. announced that U.S. District Judge Brian A. Jackson sentenced Shatner Lewis, age 35, of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, to 35 months in federal prison following his conviction for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. The Court further sentenced Lewis to three years of supervised release following his term of imprisonment and ordered that the firearm involved be forfeited.

According to admissions that Lewis made as a part of his guilty plea, on December 5, 2022, Lewis was a passenger in a vehicle that was stopped for a traffic violation by a Baton Rouge Police Department officer. During a search of the vehicle, a Taurus G3c 9mm pistol with a fully-loaded twelve-round magazine was found. Lewis admitted that the firearm belonged to him.

In 2021, prior to possessing the firearm, Lewis was convicted of manslaughter and attempted armed robbery in East Baton Rouge Parish. He was still on parole for those convictions when he was found in possession of the pistol in December.

This matter was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Baton Rouge Police Department. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Ben Wallace.


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