A Denham Springs man with a previous criminal history has been sentenced to nearly 18 years in federal prison.
A United States attorney announced on Thursday, November 17, Ravious Thomas, 49, of Denham Springs, was sentenced to a total of 215 months, with 17 years and 11 months in federal prison, after possessing a gun while being a convicted felon. Thomas was also in possession of crack cocaine.
According to the Denham Springs Police Department, Thomas was arrested in July of 2015 when authorities searched his vehicle and found a loaded .22 Magnum pistol and crack cocaine.
Thomas, who is a convicted felon with state and federal drug offenses, violated the laws prohibiting him from ever possessing any type of gun. Thomas was indicted and convicted of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and possession of crack cocaine. He was initially sentenced to 180 months by a U.S. District Court Judge.
In addition, at the time of his arrest, Thomas was on federal supervised release from a previous federal narcotics conviction and was determined to have violated those terms as well.
Thomas was subsequently sentenced to an additional 35 months in federal prison.