For Immediate Release
Defendants Illegally Possessing Firearms Sentenced to Prison
LAKE CHARLES, La. - United States Attorney Brandon B. Brown announced the sentencing of two defendants for illegal possession of firearms. United States District Judge James D. Cain, Jr. sentenced both defendants yesterday.
Lequentin Williams, 26, of Shreveport, was sentenced to 36 months in prison, followed by 3 years of supervised release, for being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm. The charges against Williams stemmed from a traffic stop that was conducted on January 15, 2021, by officers with the Combined Anti-Drug Task Force in Lake Charles. The vehicle was being driven by Williams and had two other occupants. Law enforcement officers became suspicious of the varying stories being provided by the occupants of the vehicle and had reason to believe they may be involved in criminal activity. A narcotics K-9 officer arrived on scene and performed a free air sniff alerting to the presence of narcotics in the vehicle. Officers found a Glock .45 caliber handgun in the vehicle and a large amount of cash. Williams later confessed to being the owner of the handgun, despite being prohibited from possessing it due to his prior felony convictions. His prior felony convictions include attempted illegal carrying of a weapon in the presence of a controlled and dangerous substance, indecent behavior of a juvenile, second degree battery, aggravated flight from an officer. Williams was charged with felon in possession of a firearm and pleaded guilty to the charge on October 5, 2022. This case was investigated by the ATF and the Combined Anti-Drug Task Force in and was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Jamilla A. Bynog.
Glenn Ray LaSalle, Jr., 23, of New Orleans, was sentenced to 50 months in prison, followed by 3 years of supervised release, for being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm. On November 20, 2021, during a traffic stop by troopers with the Louisiana State Police in Lafayette Parish, LaSalle was found with a Glock .40 caliber handgun on his person. LaSalle has prior felony convictions for aggravated flight from an officer and possession of stolen things and was prohibited from possessing a firearm. This case was investigated by the ATF and Louisiana State Police and was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney John W. Nickel.