BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - United States Attorney Brandon Fremin reports a Baton Rouge man has been sentenced to federal prison on two counts of possession of firearms by a convicted felon.
Christopher Carter, 28, was sentenced Friday, August 10 to 5 years in prison.
The Department of Justice says on June 12, 2017 around 10:35 p.m., officers with the Baton Rouge Police Department were sent out to the 2900 block of Tecumseh Street about shots being fired in the area. One officer saw Carter exit the passenger side of a vehicle and go into a home. After searching the vehicle, officers found a Glock, model 26, 9mm caliber, semi-automatic pistol and two extended magazines containing 28 rounds of 9mm ammo. They were found lying underneath the passenger seat of the vehicle. Carter admitted to possessing the gun that night.
Then on July 5, 2017, BRPD officers conducted a traffic stop on Carter and saw him shove a handgun into the back seat pocket of the driver's seat of the car. Carter was removed from the vehicle and advised of his rights. Carter admitted the gun was his and that he was a convicted felon. The firearm recovered was a Canik, model TP-9SA, 9mm caliber, semi-automatic pistol, loaded with 16 rounds of 9mm ammo.
Judge Brian Jackson, who presided over the case, noted Carter has five prior convictions, three of which involved firearms, and two other arrests which were uncharged that also involved firearms.
"As long as unrepentant violent felons choose to illegally possess guns, we will be there to enforce the law. This conviction and sentence is yet another example of how strong partnerships with the Baton Rouge Police Department and the ATF can produce results. I am proud of the continuing efforts of our state and local partners and look forward to many similar successful prosecutions," said Fremin.