Federal jury convicts Lake Charles man on firearms charges

The following is a news release from the U.S. Attorney's Office:

LAFAYETTE, LA - Lawrence Humphrey, 27, of Lake Charles, La., was convicted by a federal jury late yesterday afternoon of possession of two firearms by a convicted felon, and possession of a firearm with an obliterated serial number, Acting United States Attorney William J. Flanagan announced today.

According to court testimony, Humphrey was arrested in July 2007 after fleeing from Lake Charles police officers near a public housing complex in Lake Charles. Humphrey was found to be in possession of a loaded Colt .38 caliber revolver recovered from his front pocket. Less than one month later, in August of 2007, Lake Charles police officers were dispatched to two different addresses in response to a male entering both addresses uninvited and displaying a firearm. The male was apprehended and identified as Lawrence Humphrey, who was at that time found in possession of a loaded .22 caliber revolver with the serial number ground off and obliterated. Humphrey had been convicted of robbery prior to both federal offenses. It is unlawful for a convicted felon to possess a firearm.

Humphrey faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison, a $250,000 fine, or both, and up to 3 years supervised release for each count and firearm possessed, and up to 5 years in prison for possession of a firearm with an obliterated serial number. Sentencing is scheduled for May 13, 2010. Sentencing in federal court is determined by the discretion of federal judges and the governing statute. Parole has been abolished in the federal system.

This case is being prosecuted by the United States Attorney's Office as part of Project Safe Neighborhoods. Project Safe Neighborhoods is a nationwide program begun in 2001 and designed to reduce violence in our communities by aggressively using existing federal firearms laws.

This case was investigated by the United States Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), Lake Charles Field Office, and the Lake Charles Police Department. The case was prosecuted by Assistant U. S. Attorney Myers P. Namie.