DA announces sentencing of felon in firearms case


District Attorney Billy Joe Harrington announced Aug. 29 the court sentencing of a felon in possession of a firearm. Freeman Eric Tucker, 63, of Coushatta was convicted in April by a jury in the 10th Judicial District Court with Judge Lala Sylvester presiding.

The court sentenced Tucker to 20 years incarceration at hard labor and a $5,000 fine. The conviction and sentence are the result of a 2019 incident in which Natchitoches City Police officers attempted to make contact with Tucker to investigate an incident that occurred in the nearby area.

Tucker was found when fleeing from the police, after running through several backyards of city residents. He was quickly apprehended and taken into custody.

When officers searched Tucker, they discovered he was in possession of a handgun. Tucker, who is on parole from previous felony convictions of armed robbery in Caddo Parish, is prohibited from possessing a firearm.

“I commend our law enforcement partners who work diligently to apprehend felons who illegally possess firearms.

“We will continue our mission of enforcing the law fairly to reduce crime and to pursue justice for crime victims in Natchitoches Parish,” said Harrington.

Assistant District Attorney J. Chris Guillet prosecuted the case.