Alexandria man pleads guilty to being a felon in possession of a stolen pistol

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ALEXANDNRIA, La. (U.S. Attorney's Office Western District) – United States Attorney David C. Joseph announced that Freddie Lewis, 28, of Alexandria, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Dee D. Drell for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

On December 12, 2017, a Louisiana State Trooper stopped Freddie Lewis in Alexandria and found that he was in possession of a loaded Glock 22, .40-caliber pistol that had been reported stolen. Lewis is prohibited from possessing a firearm because of previous felony convictions that include possession of cocaine (2010), aggravated flight from an officer and simple burglary of a religious building (2013), obscenity (2015), and attempted possession of a firearm by a convicted felon (2017). Under federal law, felons are not allowed to possess a firearm or ammunition.

Lewis faces up to 10 years in prison, three years of supervised release and a $250,000 fine. Drell set the sentencing date for July 19, 2019.

The ATF and Louisiana State Police conducted the investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Mike O’Mara is prosecuting the case.

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