For Immediate Release
Convicted Felon Sentenced for Illegally Possessing a Firearm
MONROE, La. - United States Attorney Brandon B. Brown announced that Joshua Ray Webb McGee, 34, of Olla, Louisiana, was sentenced yesterday by United States District Judge Terry A. Doughty to a total of 60 months in prison, followed by 5 years of supervised release. McGee was sentenced to 46 months for possession of firearm by convicted felon and an additional 14 months for violating the terms of his supervised release. McGee was previously convicted of conspiracy to commit bank robbery in the Eastern District of Arkansas and was sentenced to 46 months in prison on November 14, 2018.
On July 27, 2021, a concerned motorist called 911 to report a motor vehicle accident in LaSalle Parish. When law enforcement arrived, the motorist told officers what had transpired. He explained that as he was traveling near a sharp curve in the road a blue SUV came around the curve traveling at a high rate of speed. This caused him to make an abrupt turn into the opposite lane to avoid a head-on collision and the other vehicle traveled off the roadway and hit a tree and went into the drainage ditch. The motorist turned around and went back to the accident site to check on the erratic driver. As he drove back up to the accident site, he saw the man, later determined to be McGee, walking in front of the car on the highway. He asked if the man was okay, and he said yes but asked the motorist not to call it in because he had just gotten out of jail and did not want any trouble. The motorist offered to let the man sit in his vehicle as it began to rain, and McGee asked if he could get his gun and the motorist told him no. The motorist then watched McGee throw a long black gun into the woods nearby. He then told McGee that he had already called 911 and McGee then fled into the woods. Officers found paperwork in the vehicle with McGee’s name on it and were able to recover the firearm from the wooded area where McGee had thrown it. A few days later, the motorist was able to positively identify McGee as the sole occupant and driver of the vehicle and who he had seen with the firearm. McGee was charged with one count of being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm.
The case was investigated by the ATF and LaSalle Parish Sheriff’s Office and was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Cytheria D. Jernigan