Federal jury finds Lafayette man guilty of possessing firearm after felony conviction

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LAFAYETTE, La. (KLFY)—A federal jury found a Lafayette man guilty of possessing a handgun after being convicted of a felony, said United States Attorney Stephanie Finley.

The conviction of Damion Hamilton, 32, came down Thursday after the jury deliberated for approximately three hours.

According to a news release sent by the US Department of Justice, evidence admitted at trial revealed that a traffic stop was conducted on a vehicle that Hamilton was driving on January 19, 2016. After a search of the vehicle, a gun safe was found on the vehicle’s back seat. The safe was later opened and revealed a FNS-40 .40 Caliber pistol and ammunition.

According to the release, in addition to DNA evidence, the pistols magazine also had Hamilton’s fingerprints on it.

Hamilton now faces up to 10-years in prison, three years of supervised release, forfeiture of the weapon seized and a $250,000 fine. Sentencing will be set at a later date.

Finley stated that those prohibited from carrying firearms because of a prior felony will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

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