Editor’s note: An earlier version of this story contained incorrect information about the offender’s age. The U.S. Attorney’s Office western district also provided a relevant quote regarding this case.
SHREVEPORT, La. (KTAL/KMSS) – The United States Attorney for the western district of Louisiana announced the sentence of a Shreveport man with multiple felony convictions who was found in possession of a firearm Monday.
According to a release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office, 39-year-old Lovoriss Montray Powell was sentenced to 6 years in prison, followed by three years probation for possessing a firearm as a convicted felon. He is the most recent case of many that Shreveport has seen over the last year.
“This defendant has multiple felony convictions and chose to illegally possess a stolen firearm,” stated U.S. Attorney Brandon B. Brown. “Given the epidemic concerning the illegal possession of firearms in the Shreveport area, I want it to be clear that the United States Attorney’s Office will aggressively prosecute those who violate federal firearm laws and will seek sentences of imprisonment.”
A Louisiana State Police Trooper stopped Powell on May 9 for a traffic violation. When he was permitted to search the vehicle, he found a loaded 9mm under the driver’s seat. Powell was arrested and later admitted that he had put the firearm under the seat.
Powell acknowledged understanding that his prior felony convictions, prohibited him from having a firearm.
Powell was convicted of simple burglary in 2000, accessory after the fact armed robbery in 2001, illegal use of a weapon in 2002, and domestic abuse battery in 2010.
During an investigation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, they found the firearm was stolen.