Louisiana Man Sentenced to More than 9 Years for Firearms Charges

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Published July 11, 2022

Louisiana Man Sentenced to More than 9 Years for Firearms Charges

Louisiana – On July 11, 2022, U.S. Attorney Duane A. Evans announced that on July 7, 2022, United States District Judge Susie Morgan sentenced Alton Cooks to 115 months (9 years, 7 months) in the Bureau of Prisons for being a felon in possession of a firearm, in violation of the Federal Gun Control Act, .

Cooks was charged in a one-count indictment on October 23, 2020, with possessing a Taurus Model PT111 Pro, nine-millimeter pistol while being a convicted felon. Cooks has been sentenced to 115 months in prison, followed by three years of supervised release and a $100 special assessment fee.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), which is the focal point of the Department of Justice’s efforts to reduce violent crime. PSN is an evidence-based program that has been shown to reduce violent crime. PSN brings together a diverse range of stakeholders to identify the most pressing violent crime issues in the community and develop comprehensive solutions to address them. As part of this strategy, PSN focuses enforcement efforts on the most violent offenders and collaborates with community-based prevention and reentry programs to achieve long-term crime reductions.

US Attorney Duane A. Evans praised the work of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives. Melissa Bücher, Assistant United States Attorney, handled the prosecution.