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Department of Justice

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

For Immediate Release

Tuesday, December 12, 2023
Brandon Bonaparte Brown
, United States Attorney

Shreveport Man Sentenced for Illegal Possession of a Firearm While Serving Time in Halfway House

SHREVEPORT, La. — U.S. Attorney Brandon B. Brown announced the sentencing of a Shreveport man for being a felon in possession of a firearm. U.S. District Judge Elizabeth E. Foote sentenced Recardo Cartrell Pierce, 27, to 93 months (7 years, 9 months) in prison, followed by three years of supervised release.

A jury in Shreveport returned a guilty verdict against Pierce after a trial in January of this year. Evidence introduced at the trial revealed that Bossier Parish Sheriff’s deputies conducted a stop of a vehicle for a traffic violation on May 21, 2022, in Bossier. Pierce was the sole passenger in the vehicle which was being driven by a female companion. When deputies approached the vehicle, they found Pierce with his seat pushed all the way back near the back seat of the vehicle and the seat was leaned back. Deputies were given consent to search the vehicle and found in the back seat behind the driver’s seat, and just within Pierce’s reach, a backpack containing a Kel-Tec semi-automatic 5.56 caliber rifle with a loaded magazine and a pair of safety gloves. This high-powered weapon had a round in the chamber ready to fire with the safety switch in the off position. Agents with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives joined the investigation and tested the firearm and found it to be in working order.

At the time of his arrest, Pierce was in a halfway house serving the remainder of his federal prison sentence where he was convicted in 2018 of being a felon possession of a firearm. As a convicted felon, Pierce knew that he was prohibited from possessing any firearm or ammunition.

The case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and Bossier Parish Sheriff’s Office and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys J. Aaron Crawford and Seth D. Reeg.


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