A 40-year-old Lafayette man has pleaded guilty firing a gun at a U.S. Postal carrier in March 2014.
David C. Sonnier faces 10 years to life in prison after pleading guilty to a count of discharging a firearm in the commission of a crime of violence, U.S. Attorney Stephanie Finley said Monday.
Sonnier entered the plea on Sept. 16 before U.S. District Judge Richard Haik. Haik did not set a sentencing date, Finley said in a news release.
Finley said Sonnier admitted to firing a Hi Point 9 mm semi-automatic pistol on March 27, 2014. Sonnier shot at the door of the postman’s vehicle, which was passing in front of Sonnier’s home.
The bullet passed through the driver’s side door and the postal worker’s pant leg before becoming lodged in the opposite side of the vehicle. The incident caused about $1,178 in damage, Finley said.
Besides 10 years to life in prison, Sonnier also faces five years of supervised release, a $250,000 fine and restitution.
The U.S. Postal Inspection Services along with the FBI and the Lafayette Police Department investigated the case.