La. man pleads guilty to firearms offense

Published 8:16 am Saturday, September 24, 2022

A Louisiana man pled guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm, announced U.S. Attorney Darren J. LaMarca and Special Agent in Charge Brad Byerley of the Drug Enforcement Administration.

Cedric Vontrell Franklin, 39, pled guilty in U.S. District Court in Gulfport, Miss.

According to court documents and information presented to the Court, on May 10,in Gulfport law enforcement officers conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle driven by Franklin.  Officers searched Franklin’s vehicle and recovered a loaded 40 caliber handgun. A search of Franklin’s criminal history revealed he has multiple felony drug convictions.

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Franklin will be sentenced on Dec. 19. He faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison.  However, if the court determines he is an armed career offender, he faces a minimum of 15 years imprisonment and a maximum of life. A federal district judge will determine any sentence after considering the U.S. sentencing guidelines and other statutory factors.

The DEA and the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics investigated this case with assistance from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives and the Gulfport Police Department