A 26-year-old Shreveport man will spend more than eight years in a federal penitentiary, after getting caught up in the U.S. Department of Justice’s initiative to reduce violent crime.
Jamario Montreal Harris, 26, who has been in and out of the Caddo Parish court system since 2010 after he turned 18, was sentenced to 100 months in prison for illegal possession of a pistol, according to U.S. Attorney David C. Joseph.
Over the past eight years, Harris has pleaded guilty to possessing marijuana two times, along with entering guilty pleas for fleeing from an officer, resisting an officer, domestic abuse battery, possession with intent to distribute and illegal carrying of weapons while in possession of drugs.
He was facing an additional armed robbery charge when he was found to be in possession of a .40 caliber Glock pistol on March 20, 2017.
Since he was previously convicted of a felony and not allowed to possess a firearm, Harris was in violation of federal law he was convicted on one count of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon by U.S. District Judge S. Maurice Hicks Jr.
In addition to being sentenced to 100 months in prison, Hicks also sentenced Harris to three years of supervised release.
This case was brought as part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program that has been historically successful in bringing together all levels of law enforcement to reduce violent crime and make our neighborhoods safer for everyone.
The ATF and Shreveport Police Department conducted the investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Tennille M. Gilreath and Mike O’Mara prosecuted the case.