A 39-year-old Lafayette man was sentenced to 54 months in federal prison Tuesday for possessing eight stolen firearms, authorities said.
Rico D. King, who pleaded guilty to one count of possessing stolen firearms on May 7, also was sentenced to three years supervised release, U.S. Attorney Stephanie Finley said.
An investigation into burglaries in Lafayette led to a search in September 2014 of a Lafayette residence occupied by King, Finley said in a news release. Finley said the search turned up a .26-caliber rifle, two .25-caliber rifles. a .410-caliber shotgun, two 12-gauge shotguns, a .22-caliber semi-automatic rifle and a .270-caliber rifle.
Federal agents, detectives with the Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s Office and Lafayette Metro Narcotics investigated the case that was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert C. Abendroth.