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Department of Justice

U.S. Attorney's Office
Brandon B. Brown, United States Attorney
For Immediate Release
Wednesday, February 22, 2023

Shreveport Man on Supervised Release for Previous Federal Conviction Sentenced for Possessing a Firearm

SHREVEPORT, La. – Charles M. Thomas, 26, of Shreveport, Louisiana, was sentenced today for being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm and for violating the terms of his federal supervised release, announced United States Attorney Brandon B. Brown. United States District Judge S. Maurice Hicks, Jr. sentenced Thomas to 46 months in prison, followed by 3 years of supervised release on the firearms charge.

Thomas was indicted in March 2022 and charged with possession of a firearm and ammunition by a convicted felon and pleaded guilty to the charge on August 4, 2022. The charge stems from an incident which occurred on March 7, 2022, when officers with the Shreveport Police Department arrested Thomas for domestic violence. Further investigation by law enforcement agents with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) led to the discovery of video evidence of Thomas being in possession of a firearm. Agents knew that Thomas had previously been convicted in the Western District of Louisiana in 2018 for being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm and at the time of this arrest for domestic violence, was on supervised release for that conviction. During a search of the apartment where Thomas was staying, agents discovered a bag containing .223 and 5.56 caliber ammunition which belonged to Thomas. The ammunition was compatible with the firearm that Thomas was seen holding in the video. In addition, agents found in the apartment the same sweatpants that Thomas was wearing in the video. Thomas has a prior felony conviction for aggravated assault with a firearm (2015) and the prior felon in possession of a firearm conviction (2018) in the Western District of Louisiana.

Thomas was found to be in violation of his federal supervised release, and he was sentenced to an additional 14 months in prison to run consecutive with the above sentence.

The case was investigated by the ATF and Shreveport Police Department and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Seth D. Reeg.

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