An Independence man pleaded guilty in New Orleans federal court Thursday to being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm after threatening his ex-girlfriend with a gun in front of her children.
Eric O’Neal Selders, 43, had four prior state felony convictions as of July 2012, when he broke into his ex-girlfriend’s home, pushed her onto a bed, pointed a .38 caliber revolver in her face and told her he would kill her, according to the factual basis supporting his plea.
The victim’s children and their friends — about 10 in all — were gathered in the doorway of the bedroom and saw everything, the factual basis states.
Selders fled the house and led Tangipahoa Parish sheriff’s deputies on a short car chase before making a fast right turn and driving into a ditch.
Deputies found the revolver, fully loaded with six hollow point cartridges, on the ground beside the driver’s door, the factual basis says.
Selders was arrested and charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm, aggravated assault, domestic abuse battery, careless operation of a vehicle and speeding.
His previous convictions were for distribution of cocaine in 1989, aggravated battery in 1991, possession with intent to distribute a Schedule II drug in 1998, and possession with intent to distribute a Schedule II drug — cocaine base — in 2006, court records show.
If Selders is deemed an armed career criminal, he will face a mandatory minimum sentence of 15 years to life in prison, according to a news release from U.S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite in New Orleans. Otherwise, Selders faces a maximum of 10 years in prison, a fine of up to $250,000 and up to three years of supervised release.
U.S. District Judge Eldon E. Fallon set sentencing for June 25.