A Shreveport man, who at 22, has spent most of his adult life either committing crimes, being behind bars charged with those crimes, or serving time after being convicted of those crimes, will now get to see what the inside of federal penitentiary looks like,
It’s all thanks to new a federal initiative called “Project Safe Neighborhoods” (PSN), that is working with local law enforcement to take violent criminals off the streets, according to U.S. Attorney David Joseph.
On April 23, U.S. District Judge Elizabeth E. Foote sentenced Kevin Anthony Dison to three years in federal prison, after he pleaded guilty to one count of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. In addition, Dison was sentenced to three years of supervised release.
According to Dison’s Dec. 18, 2017 guilty plea, Shreveport Police officers stopped the black Chevrolet Impala he was driving on April 11, 2017, one of the few times he’s been out of jail or prison since he turned 17.
As officers searched the vehicle, they found a loaded Rossi revolver, model .38 caliber, located on the floorboard partially under the driver’s seat, and the rest, as they say, is history.
It was the culmination of a five-year journey in crime for the young man, who is the same age as the majority of college seniors graduating this month across the country.
It began just three days after Dison’s 17th birthday, when he and two other boys stole a car they found running in the early-morning hours of Feb. 15, 2013..
After spending a little over three months at Caddo Correctional Institute, he was sentenced to serve 30 days in lieu of a fine along with 90 days for the actual theft, with credit for time served. A little over a month later, Dison was arrested while in CCC for joining into a fight, but the charges were later dismissed.
After serving out his sentence, Dison was released from CCC, but not for long. He was arrested in July 2013 for stealing yet another car, and the debit and credit cards inside, using one of them to put gas in the car,
Out and about again in January 2014, Dison was charged with simple criminal damage to property, after breaking down the door to a house he first claimed was his aunt’s, but later said he was mistaken. He was sentenced to six months in the parish jail, which was suspended.
This time he made it until October 2014 without getting caught – right up until he decided to steal multiple televisions worth $500 or more from the Walmart in the 6200 block of Westport in Shreveport.
In April 2015, he pleaded guilty to felony theft to that one, and was sentenced to 30 days at CCC, and one year in prison, which was suspended, and a fine of court costs. When he didn’t come up with the money by January 2016, he was sent to CCC to serve 30 more days.
He got out in time to get himself charged with 22 counts of simple burglary in September 2015 in Bossier, pleaded guilty to only one count of simple burglary and was sentenced to five years at hard labor, with all but three years suspended.
It was just after he was released that he decided to borrow a car, put a loaded revolver under the seat, add some marijuana, and go cruising on Hollywood Avenue, Canal Boulevard and Lancaster Street…where he was pulled over for having a tail light out.
Assistant U.S. Attorney J. Aaron Crawford prosecuted the case.