Caddo Parish man convicted on felony weapons charge

CADDO PARISH, La. - A Caddo Parish jury found a Gloster man guilty of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, stemming from his arrest back in July 2016.

A Caddo Parish deputy observed 50-year-old James Townsend III, riding a motorcycle, pass a car in a no-passing lane and pulled him over near the intersection of Linwood Ave. and Bert Kouns.

Townsend was found to be driving under suspension for a previous DWI. While patting Townsend down after
cuffing him, the deputy found a .22-caliber revolver in a zippered case attached to Townsend's belt underneath his shirt. Townsend also possessed 16 rounds for the weapon.

Caddo Parish Clerk of Court records showed that Townsend had previously been convicted of illegal use of a

During trial before Caddo District Judge Katherine Dorroh, Townsend testified he was unaware that the gun was on his hip. He said he had mistakenly picked up the case containing the gun and ammunition, believing it to be a cell phone.

The jury rejected that defense and returned a guilty verdict in less than 30 minutes.

Townsend faces a term of no less than 10 years and up to 20 years at hard labor without benefit of probation, parole or suspension of sentence.  His sentencing date has been set for March 27.

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