Two get federal prison terms for illegal possession of firearms


United States Attorney Brandon B. Brown announced the resolution of two  cases in the Western District of Louisiana earlier this week. 

The two defendants were sentenced for their role in cases involving the illegal possession of firearms.

Jacob Smith, 30, was sentenced by Chief United States District Judge S. Maurice Hicks, Jr. to 115 months in prison, followed by three years of supervised release for illegal possession of a firearm. 

On Nov. 17, officers with the Vermillion Parish Sheriff’s Office approached a vehicle that was stopped on the shoulder of the highway and found the driver  Deputies observed items in the vehicle that were commonly associated with the illegal ingestion of narcotics. Deputies searched the vehicle and discovered a Taurus G3 9mm semi-automatic pistol loaded with 12 rounds of ammunition in the vehicle. Smith has prior felony convictions for aggravated flight from an officer in 2013 and possession of controlled substances with the intent to distribute in2016 as is prohibited from possessing a firearm or ammunition. 

The case was investigated by the ATF and Vermillion Parish Sheriff’s Office and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Daniel J. Vermaelen.

United States District Judge Donald E. Walter sentenced Johntrell Crutchfield, 22, of Shreveport to 50 months in prison, followed by 3 years of supervised release, for being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm. on Oct. 23, 2021, officers with the Shreveport Police Department arrested Crutchfield for monetary instrument abuse after he used a counterfeit check to purchase a vehicle. Crutchfield had been driving the stolen vehicle and officers found a Glock Model 17 9 mm pistol inside the car. Crutchfield admitted to officers that the firearm belonged to him and that he knew it was illegal for him to have the firearm because he was a convicted felon and was prohibited from possessing a firearm or ammunition. 

He has a felony conviction for unlawful use of a firearm in 2021. Agents with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives investigated and found that the firearm had in fact traveled in interstate commerce and functioned as designed.