Possession of loaded pistol, body armor sends felon to back to prison

A violent convicted felon from Baton Rouge was sentenced Wednesday to nearly nine years in federal prison.

U.S. District Judge James Brady sentenced Melvin Trosclair, 35, to 105 months in prison on his conviction for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

Brady declared Trosclair a danger to the community and cited his extensive criminal history and propensity for violence as reasons for imposing the lengthy prison term, U.S. Attorney Walt Green said in a written statement.

Deputy U.S. marshals found Trosclair in possession of a loaded pistol and body armor when they went to a North 28th Street residence April 17, 2012, to arrest him on an outstanding warrant for armed robbery, Green said.

“Aggressively pursuing violent offenders will continue to be a top priority for this office,” he stated. “Felons armed with loaded firearms and protected with body armor pose a clear danger to the safety of our communities.”

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the U.S. Marshals Service investigated the matter.