BRAVE initiative results in 15 years sentence

BRAVE initiative results in 15 years sentence
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POSTED: Friday, November 15, 2013 - 5:00pm

UPDATED: Monday, November 25, 2013 - 11:33am

Baton Rouge's BRAVE initiative has landed one criminal behind bars for 15 years.

Joesph Toussaint, 33, of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, who was convicted of being a felon in possession of a firearm, was sentenced today.

On January 7, 2012, officers responded to a Baton Rouge apartment complex in reference to an armed robbery. After being positively identified, Toussaint was arrested and a search warrant was obtained for his residence.

A search of Toussaint’s residence revealed a loaded 12 gauge shotgun in between mattresses in a bedroom.

At sentencing, Judge Jackson concluded that Toussaint used the shotgun in connection with the robbery. Noting Toussaint’S extensive criminal history, including his prior convictions for burglary, illegal use of a weapon, and unauthorized entry of an inhabited dwelling,

Judge Jackson found Toussaint to be an armed career criminal and sentenced him to 180 months in prison and four years of supervised release.

Acting United States Attorney Walt Green stated, “Violent crimes and firearm related offenses are and will remain a top priority of the United States Attorney’s Office. We congratulate our BRAVE partners for their hard work and their dedication to make this a safer community.”

East Baton Rouge Parish District Attorney Hillar C. Moore stated, “The results in this investigation demonstrate the close coordination of our BRAVE partners in identifying, arresting, and prosecuting violent offenders who commit crimes in the 70805 area of Baton Rouge.”

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What about all the other cases where the gun charges are dismissed. That part is never reported on. For every one that is prosecuted at least 10 have had the charges dismissed or reduced to a lessor offense!!

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