34 months for possessing pistol


United States Attorney Alexander C. Van Hook announced a Natchitoches man was sentenced Wednesday to two years and 10 months in prison for illegal possession of a pistol and ammunition. Mazarious D. Coleman, 28, of Natchitoches, previously of Many, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge S. MauriceĀ Hicks Jr. on one count of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. He was also sentenced to three years of supervised release. According to the Oct. 17, 2017, guilty plea, Coleman was arrested Jan. 26, 2017, after someone reported that he fired shots at another person.

Police searched his apartment in Many and found a .40 caliber Glock pistol that had been shoved through a drywall portion of the roof by an air conditioning duct. A box of ammunition was found in the kitchen. Coleman was previously convicted of a felony in 2013 in Sabine Parish and is prohibited from possessing a firearm.

The ATF and Many Police Department conducted the investigation.
Assistant U.S. Attorney James G. Cowles Jr. is prosecuting the case.