LAFAYETTE, La. – Terrance R. Jones, 27, of Carencro, Louisiana, was sentenced today by United States District Judge Robert R. Summerhays to 80 months (6 years, 8 months) in prison, followed by 2 years of supervised release, for possession of a firearm by a prohibited person.
According to information presented to the court, Jones was in the downtown Lafayette area on October 3, 2020. Multiple law enforcement officers were in the area on that same date and were called to a location in that area where a man had a firearm. The suspect turned out to be Jones and after further investigation, law enforcement officers learned that he was a convicted felon and as such, was prohibited from possessing any firearm or ammunition. Jones was arrested and charged with possessing a Taurus semi-automatic pistol and admitted to law enforcement that he knew he was prohibited from possessing any firearms.
Jones has previous felony convictions for attempted possession with intent to distribute marijuana and possession of hydrocodone (2014); and possession with intent to distribute marijuana (2019).
The ATF and Lafayette Police Department conducted the investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Daniel J. McCoy prosecuted the case.
This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. PSN is part of the Department’s renewed focus on targeting violent criminals, directing all U.S. Attorney’s Offices to work in partnership with federal, state, local, and tribal law enforcement and the local community to develop effective, locally-based strategies to reduce violent crime. To learn more about Project Safe Neighborhoods, go to www.justice.gov/psn.
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