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January 08, 2024

Bogalusa Man Sentenced to 229 Months in Prison

Vincert Peters, age 33 and a resident of Bogalusa, was sentenced on January 3, 2024 to a total of 229 months in prison for federal firearm and drug violations. 

Peters pled guilty on September 13, 2023, before U.S. District Judge Sarah S. Vance to Counts 1, 3, 5, 8, and 9 of the indictment pending against him.  Count 1 charged him with being a felon in possession of a firearm, relative to his participation in a Bogalusa mass shooting on May 16, 2020.  He also pled guilty to several drug distribution charges and another firearm charge stemming from a subsequent investigation by the Bogalusa Police Department and the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office.  In Counts 3, 5, and 8, he was charged with distribution of heroin and fentanyl and with possession with the intent to distribute heroin and fentanyl, and in Count 9, he was charged with possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.

According to court documents, on May 16, 2020, an “Unauthorized Assembly” (During Phase I of the COVID-19 Pandemic Re-Opening) occurred, resulting in several hundred people, assembling in a “Celebration of Life,” honoring a recent Bogalusa murder victim.  During the celebration, an altercation between rival factions resulted in the shooting of thirteen (13) people.  Four (4) victims were paralyzed due to their shooting injuries.

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During a follow-up investigation, law enforcement learned that Peters sold illegal narcotics and made several controlled purchased of illegal drugs from him.  A subsequent warrant-based search of his residence also revealed additional drugs and a firearm.

As a result of his crimes, Peters was sentenced to serve 120 months as to Count 1 (Felon in Possession of a Firearm); 169 months as to Counts 3, 5, and 8 (Distribution of Drugs); and 60 consecutive months as to Count 9 (possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime). He was also placed on supervised release for three years and ordered to pay a mandatory special assessment fee of $500.00.

This case was investigated by the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, the Bogalusa Police Department, and the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office. The prosecution was handled by Assistant United States Attorney Maurice E. Landrieu, Jr. of the Narcotics Unit.

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