District Attorney Billy Joe Harrington announced the court sentencing of a felon in possession of a firearm on Aug. 29.

Freeman Eric Tucker, 63 of Coushatta, was convicted in April by a jury serving in the 10th
Judicial District Court with Judge Lala Sylvester presiding.

The court sentenced Tucker to 20 years of incarceration at hard labor and a $5000 fine.

The conviction and sentence are the result of a 2019 incident in which Natchitoches City
Police officers attempted to make contact with Tucker to investigate an incident that
occurred in the nearby area. Tucker was found when fleeing from the police, running
through several backyards of city residents. He was quickly apprehended and taken
into custody. When police officers searched Tucker, they discovered he was in
possession of a handgun.

Tucker, who is on parole from previous felony convictions of armed robbery in Caddo
Parish is prohibited from possessing a firearm.

“I commend our law enforcement partners who work diligently to apprehend felons
who illegally possess firearms. We will continue our mission of enforcing the law fairly
to reduce crime and to pursue justice for crime victims in Natchitoches Parish,” said

District Attorney Harrington.
Assistant District Attorney J. Chris Guillet prosecuted the case.