Violent felon gets 7.5 years in prison for firearm possession
BATON ROUGE - The Department of Justice announced a man has been sentenced to more than 7 years behind bars as a result of possessing a firearm while being a convicted felon.
58-year-old Nairie Chaney, of Baton Rouge, was arrested during a traffic stop on June 30, 2014. Baton Rouge Police stopped a vehicle in which Chaney was a passenger, and they saw him throw a loaded .38 caliber pistol from the front passenger windows of the vehicle during the stop. Chaney had previously been convicted of multiple federal and state convictions, prohibiting him from ever possessing any type of firearm.
Chaney was on supervised released as a result of a 2009 federal conviction at the time of his 2014 arrest. In Dec. 2014, he was found to have violated his terms of supervised released and was sentenced to serve 18 months in federal prison for that violation.
Chaney was also indicted and convicted of being a felon in possession of a firearm based on the same incident. He would serve another 73 months behinds bars in federal prison, followed by three years of supervised release after that term.
“Keeping violent felons from possessing firearms is one of my office’s highest priorities. These valuable prosecutions are a key component of a broader effort by federal, state, and local law enforcement to reduce deadly gun violence from our streets. This lengthy prison sentence will keep another violent offender out of our neighborhoods for many years, and hopefully reinforce the message that convicted felons who illegally acquire and possess guns will face stiff penalties,” U.S. Attorney Walt Green said.