Criminal Justice News

Wednesday, January 07, 2015

Armed Career Offender Sentenced to 192 Months in Prison for Possessing Multiple Stolen Firearms



SHREVEPORT, La. – United States Attorney Stephanie A. Finley announced today that a Bossier Parish man was sentenced to 192 months in prison for illegally possessing multiple firearms.

Donald W. “Duck” Reyenga, 49, of Bossier City, La., was sentenced by U.S. District Judge S. Maurice Hicks Jr. on one count of possession of a firearm by a person previously convicted of a felony. He was also sentenced to five years of supervised release after he completes his prison term. According to evidence presented at the August 6, 2014 guilty plea, members of the Bossier Combined Narcotics Task Force learned that Reyenga was attempting to sell stolen firearms. On April 17, 2014, agents scheduled a controlled purchase at a Bossier City hotel. There, Reyenga sold a Hi-Standard, model Double 9, .22 caliber revolver, a Savage model 93 .22LR caliber rifle, and ammunition. His sale of the stolen firearms was recorded and he was arrested. Agents later recovered another stolen rifle that Reyenga had sold that morning along with other items stolen from residences in Red River Parish.

During the guilty plea hearing, Reyenga admitted he was an Armed Career Offender as defined by the Armed Career Criminal Act (ACCA). The ACCA increases the mandatory minimum sentence to 15 years for a defendant if he has three previous convictions for either a violent felony or a serious drug offense. Reyenga has numerous previous felony convictions in Bossier and Caddo parishes including attempted manslaughter, burglary, attempted aggravated burglary, distribution of marijuana, possession of cocaine and illegal possession of stolen things.

“This sentence is a reminder that it is illegal for felons to sell or possess firearms,” Finley stated. “Those with felony records must comply with firearms laws. We will vigorously prosecute dangerous and persistent felons in order to protect the public”

The ATF and the Bossier Combined Narcotics Task Force conducted the investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert W. Gillespie Jr. prosecuted the case as part the Department of Justice Project Safe Neighborhoods initiative. This initiative is designed to reduce firearm crimes by using federal statutes to remove dangerous and persistent felons from the community.

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