☷Norfolk Man Pleads Guilty to Possessing a Firearm Used in an Attempted Malicious Wounding
Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives ( By Press Release office)
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NORFOLK , Va . – A Norfolk man pleaded guilty today to being a felon in possession of a firearm . According to court documents , on May 7 , 2021 , Louis Bernard Lee , III , 26 , was stopped by an Old Dominion University Police Department ( ODUPD ) officer for speeding . Lee had an outstanding warrant for an attempted malicious wounding that occurred on April 26 , 2021 . During the arrest , ODUPD discovered two firearms in Lee’s vehicle . Also recovered from the vehicle was a 30 - round magazine and a 50 - round drum magazine . Lee was previously convicted of a felony in the City of Norfolk and was prohibited from possessing firearms . Lee admitted he used one of the firearms recovered from the vehicle in a shooting on April 26 , 2021 . For the April 2021 shooting he was convicted in Norfolk Circuit Court for attempted malicious wounding , use of a firearm in a felony , and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon . Lee was sentenced for those charges on December 22 , 2021 , and received a 4 - year sentence . Lee is scheduled to be sentenced for his federal conviction on February 10 , 2023 . He faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison . Actual sentences for federal crimes are typically less than the maximum penalties . A federal district court judge will determine any sentence after taking into account the U . S . Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors . Jessica D . Aber , U . S . Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia; Ramin Fatehi , Norfolk Commonwealth’s Attorney; and Charlie J . Patterson , Special Agent in Charge of the Bureau of Alcohol , Tobacco , Firearms and Explosives’ Washington Field Division , made the announcement after U . S . Magistrate Judge Robert Krask accepted the plea . Special Assistant U . S . Attorney Graham M . Stolle and Managing Assistant U . S . Attorney John F . Butler are prosecuting the case . Stolle also serves as an Assistant Norfolk Commonwealth Attorney . This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods ( PSN ) , which is the centerpiece of the Department of Justice’s violent crime reduction efforts . PSN is an evidence - based program proven to be effective at reducing violent crime . Through PSN , a broad spectrum of stakeholders work together to identify the most pressing violent crime problems in the community and develop comprehensive solutions to address them . As part of this strategy , PSN focuses enforcement efforts on the most violent offenders and partners with locally based prevention and reentry programs for lasting reductions in crime . A copy of this press release is located on the website of the U . S . Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia . Related court documents and information are located on the website of the District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia or on PACER by searching for Case No . 2:22 - cr - 85 . Washington Field Division
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