Shreveport Man Sentenced on Firearms Charge

Published 5:53 pm Tuesday, September 28, 2021

SHREVEPORT – Johnny Dewayne Young, Jr., 60, of Shreveport, Louisiana, was sentenced today by United States District Judge Donald E. Walter to 48 months in prison, followed by 3 years of supervised release, for being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm, Acting United States Attorney Alexander C. Van Hook announced.

According to information presented to the court at the guilty plea hearing, deputies with the Caddo Parish Sheriff’s Office stopped the vehicle Young was driving on June 8, 2020 for a traffic violation. He was the sole occupant of the vehicle and admitted to deputies that he did not have a driver’s license or a state identification card, nor had he ever possessed one. Young further admitted that a loaded firearm was in the vehicle and after a brief search, deputies found and seized the firearm.

Young has a lengthy criminal history, with the most recent felony conviction being for aggravated flight from an officer on January 10, 2018. In addition to that charge, Young has previous felony convictions for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon (2005), possession of a controlled substance (2003 and 2005), aggravated battery (1997), possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute (1997), and simple burglary (1989). As an individual having been convicted of a felony offense, Young knew he was prohibited from possessing a firearm or ammunition.

The ATF, Caddo Parish Sheriff’s Office and Shreveport Police Department conducted the investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Cytheria D. Jernigan prosecuted the case.