Shreveport: James Pea Convicted on Firearms Charges

Shreveport Man, Orentha James Pea Found Guilty by Federal Jury in Shreveport

SHREVEPORT, LA (STL.News) Orentha James Pea, 43, of Shreveport, has been convicted by a federal jury on firearms charges, Acting United States Attorney Alexander C. Van Hook announced. United States District Judge Elizabeth E. Foote presided over the two-day jury trial.

Pea was charged on September 25, 2019 with one count of being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm and one count of possession of a firearm after having been convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence.  Evidence introduced at the trial showed the jury that Pea held a gun to his wife’s head in front of their children and threatened to kill her following an argument between the two of them.  Pea was previously convicted of misdemeanor crimes of domestic violence in 2017 and 2018 related to the domestic abuse battery of his daughter and the violation of his wife’s order of protection.  Pea also has felony convictions for aggravated battery in 2005, related to shooting his pregnant wife with a firearm, and aggravated battery in 2014, related to striking his wife with a firearm.  Testimony at trial revealed that Pea was commonly known to carry a firearm, despite knowing that he was prohibited from doing so as a convicted felon and a person convicted of misdemeanor crimes of domestic violence. 

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