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Gonzales Man Pleads Guilty to Illegal Firearm Possession Following Domestic Incident

          On October 23, 2017, Johnton Lee Harris of 38285 Evergreen St. Gonzales, LA., age 32, pled guilty to Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon and Domestic Abuse Battery. Harris was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Shawn Bush, and presiding over this matter was the Honorable Judge Thomas Kliebert. This guilty plea was the result of a plea agreement with prosecutors following a February arrest.

           On February 21, 2017, Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a Gonzales residence in reference to a domestic disturbance. Upon arrival, deputies made contact with the victim in this matter who advised that upon Harris returning from work the night before, he slapped her several times.  While interviewing the victim, she explained to deputies that she waited until Johnson left for work to contact authorities because she was in fear for her life. Shortly after, Johnson was located at his place of employment. Upon making contact with Johnson, he admitted to having a verbal altercation with the victim. Deputies advised Johnson that based on the evidence and statements obtained regarding this incident, he was being placed under arrest for Domestic Abuse Battery. While releasing the vehicle to the victim, who is part owner of the vehicle, deputies located a 9mm handgun inside. Harris was subsequently transported to the Ascension Parish Jail where he was booked accordingly.

           Upon entering a guilty plea to the above-mentioned charges, as per the plea agreement with prosecutors, Judge Kliebert ordered that Harris be committed to the Louisiana Department of Corrections for a total of 10 years. On the charge of Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon, Harris was sentenced to 10 years with the Louisiana Department of Corrections with credit for time served. On the charge of Domestic Abuse Battery, Harris was sentenced to 6 months in the parish jail with credit for time served. It was further ordered that the imposed sentences are to run concurrent with one another. The said sentence is to be served without benefit of parole, probation, or suspension of sentence.