Convicted felon receives maximum sentence for firearm possession charge
POSTED: Thursday, November 8, 2012 - 6:15pm
UPDATED: Thursday, November 8, 2012 - 6:19pm
BATON ROUGE, LA (NBC33) — A Bayou Sorrel resident was sentenced yesterday to 10 years in prison, the maximum sentence, after he pleaded guilty to charges of possession of firearms by a convicted felon.
“The Court sent a clear message in these cases that those convicted felons who are caught possessing stolen firearms will receive a substantial sentence,” stated U.S. Attorney Donald J. Cazayoux, Jr.
The US Attorney’s Office reports that the original incident occurred back in September 2009. We’re told Jeffery Smith, 35, admitted that he traveled to Baton Rouge with two other individuals. Once in the city they met with Kurtis Gabler, Sr. who had six firearms for sale. Smith, who is a convicted felon, bought the weapons and took them back to Bayou Sorrel.
The firearms that Smith purchased were reported stolen from a Federal Firearms Licensee located in Baton Rouge.
Gabler was charged separate from this case. He pled guilty to one count of Possession of Stolen Firearms and was sentenced in May 2012 to 41 months in prison and 2 years of supervised release.