Man sentenced for possession of 8 stolen firearms

Credit: MGN

A Lafayette man has been sentenced to 54 months in prison for possessing eight stolen firearms.

U.S. Attorney Stephanie Finley said in a news release Tuesday that 39 year old Rico King of Lafayette was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Richard Haik on one count of possession of stolen firearms.

During an investigation into Lafayette burglaries and after developing leads regarding the location of stolen firearms, agents executed a search warrant in September 2014 at a Lafayette residence that King occupied.

Finely said agents found King in possession of the stolen firearms, including four rifles, three shotguns and a semi-automatic rifle. All had been reported stolen in burglaries, Finley said.

Multiple agencies including the ATF, FBI, Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s Office and Lafayette Metro Narcotics Task Force conducted the investigation.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert C. Abendroth prosecuted the case as part of Project Safe Neighborhoods, a nationwide program designed to reduce violence by aggressively enforcing existing federal firearms laws.

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