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Shreveport man serving state probation found with loaded firearm to spend time in federal prison

SHREVEPORT, La. – Acting United States Attorney Alexander C. Van Hook announced that Charlie Dion London, 28, of Shreveport, Louisiana, was sentenced today by Chief United States District Judge S. Maurice Hicks, Jr. to 30 months in prison, followed by 3 years of supervised release, on a firearms violation.

London pleaded guilty on March 30, 2021 to being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm. According to information presented to the court at his guilty plea hearing, Louisiana State Troopers observed a driver in a vehicle on Mansfield Road in Shreveport with an obstructed license plate on May 5, 2020. Troopers attempted to stop the vehicle, but the driver and sole occupant of the vehicle, later determined to be London, refused to stop. A chase ensued and eventually the vehicle was apprehended. During a search of the vehicle, Troopers found a loaded firearm under the driver’s seat with a round in the chamber, along with marijuana and small digital scale.

As an individual having previously been convicted of a felony, London knew he was prohibited from possessing the firearm. His prior felony convictions are for simple burglary of an inhabited dwelling (2012), and attempted possession of a firearm by a convicted felon (2019).

The ATF and Louisiana State Police conducted the investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Mary J. Mudrick prosecuted the case.

This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. PSN is part of the Department’s renewed focus on targeting violent criminals, directing all U.S. Attorney’s Offices to work in partnership with federal, state, local, and tribal law enforcement and the local community to develop effective, locally-based strategies to reduce violent crime. To learn more about Project Safe Neighborhoods, go to www.justice.gov/psn.