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Webster man gets 10 years in federal prison

SENTENCED: Thomas R. Dooley Jr., 28 (Source: Bossier Sheriff's Office) SENTENCED: Thomas R. Dooley Jr., 28 (Source: Bossier Sheriff's Office)

A man who was arrested on drug charges by Bossier Police after a routine traffic stop for speeding back in 2009 was sentenced recently to 10 years in federal prison after his conviction on a slew of charges committed in 2011.

Thomas R. Dooley Jr., 28, of Webster, Louisiana, was sentenced on April 16 by U.S. District Judge Maurice S. Hicks to 10 years in federal prison and three years supervised release for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon to be served after completion of his state prison term.

According to courtroom testimony, Dooley stole a .22-caliber handgun and used it
to rob a Haughton business on May 20, 2011. Haughton Police responded and
stopped Dooley's vehicle, but Dooley then sped away leading authorities on a high-speed
chase. During the chase, Dooley fired his weapon at a pursuing officer, attempted to ram
a Bossier Sheriff's Office vehicle, and caused another vehicle to crash. After turning
down a dead-end road, Dooley lost control of his truck and his vehicle ran into a tree.
Then, he fled on foot. The handgun was found in his truck with all nine rounds fired.
Dooley was later apprehended by law enforcement.

Dooley entered a guilty plea on July 23, 2012, in the 26th Judicial District Court,
Bossier and Webster parishes, and was sentenced to 40 years in prison on Nov. 20, 2012,
for attempted first degree murder of a peace officer and armed robbery.

Dooley pleaded guilty to the federal charge on Dec. 12, 2012. Dooley's 10-year
federal sentence is to be served consecutive to the state court sentence, and the federal
sentence begins to be served after he completes his 40-year state court sentence.

"The defendant put citizens and law enforcement officers in harm's way during the
high-speed chase," Finley stated. "Possessing a firearm by a convicted felon is illegal, and
our office will continue to prosecute these cases. We hope these sentences send a message
that this type of crime will not be tolerated."

The Haughton Police Department, Bossier Parish Sheriff's Office, Webster Parish
Sheriff's Office, and the Shreveport office of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and
Explosives conducted the investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert W. Gillespie Jr.
prosecuted the case.

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