DA announces guilty plea, sentencing in firearms possession case

District Attorney Billy Joe Harrington announced the guilty plea and sentencing last week in a felony firearms possession case. DeQuincy Rushing, 32 of Natchitoches, pleaded guilty possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. In January, Rushing was arrested after being found possessing a firearm after attempting to flee law enforcement who were responding to a citizens’ call of gunshots being fired. While fleeing, Rushing threw away a bag containing a stolen handgun. Rushing has two prior felony convictions, including aggravated second degree battery. As a result of the accepted guilty plea, 10th Judicial District Court Judge Desire Dyess sentenced Rushing to 11 years of incarceration. First Assistant District Attorney Cloyd Benjamin, Jr. prosecuted the case.