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Lafayette man, convicted felon, caught with gun faces 10 years in prison

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A Lafayette man previously convicted of a felony pleaded guilty Thursday to possessing a .40 caliber pistol and ammunition, according to United States Attorney Alexander C. Van Hook.

Karlon Woods Jr., 22, of Lafayette, pleaded guilty before U.S. Magistrate Judge Patrick Hanna to one count of felon in possession of a firearm. According to the guilty plea, Lafayette Police were on patrol around the Simcoe Street area on October 20, 2016, when they encountered Woods. Officers say Woods was walking down a street with a red and black backpack, and when they approached, Woods fled. During the pursuit, Woods ran into a clothesline pole, stated Van Hook. 

During a medical evaluation of the scene, officers determined that Woods had an active warrant for his arrest. Officers located the red and black backpack they had previously seen on Woods in the yard where Woods was encountered. The backpack contained .40 caliber ammunition. Officers also recovered a .40 caliber Smith and Wesson pistol near the backpack. Officers later determined that the firearm recovered on the scene had previously been reported stolen on October 14, 2016, in Lafayette Parish. 

At the time of his arrest, Woods was a felon, having been previously convicted on January 14, 2016, in the 15th Judicial District of second-degree battery.

Woods faces up to 10 years in prison, three years of supervised release and a $250,000 fine.

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