Gramercy Man Gets 13 Years for Illegal Firearm Possession

          On November 27, 2018, John Walters of 337 E 14th St. Gramercy, LA., age 33, pled guilty to Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon. Walters was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Adam Koenig, and presiding over this matter was the Honorable Judge Tess Stromberg. This guilty plea was the result of a plea agreement with prosecutors just moments after the completion of jury selection for his scheduled trial in connection with a 2017 shooting incident. 

          On April 4, 2017, deputies with the St. James Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to a Lutcher residence in reference to a male subject being shot in the leg. Upon arrival, deputies made contact with the individual suffering from the gunshot wound, identified as John Walters. Walters was transported to a nearby hospital where he was treated for non-life-threatening injuries. Detectives made contact with Walters at the hospital who made a voluntary statement indicating that he was with a friend while in possession of a .22 caliber revolver. Walters advised that as he was exiting the vehicle, the gun fell to the ground, and a single round discharged from the gun striking Walters in the leg. Detectives traveled back to the scene where they were able to locate the firearm. During a review of Walter’s criminal history, detectives learned that Walters had prior felony convictions for Simple Burglary, Cruelty to a Juvenile, and Unauthorized Entry of an Inhabited Dwelling. Walters was subsequently arrested and transported to the St. James Parish Detention Center where he was booked accordingly. 

          Upon entering a guilty plea to the above-mentioned charge, as per the plea agreement with prosecutors, Walters was sentenced to 13 years with the Louisiana Department of Corrections with credit for time served. The said sentence is to be served without benefit of parole, probation, or suspension of sentence.