United States Attorney David C. Joseph announced on Friday, that Jeremy Rankins, 28, of Lake Charles, was sentenced November 19, 2019, by U.S. District Judge James D. Cain Jr., to 80 months in federal prison followed by three years of supervised release for possession of a stolen firearm.

Rankins pleaded guilty on August 15, 2019.

According to court documents, on May 19, 2018, the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to a complaint of an attempted armed robbery with a firearm and an attempted carjacking at a Lake Charles casino. Upon arrival, officers came in contact with Rankins, who had already been detained by the casino’s security officers.

Deputies also spoke with the 61-year-old victim, who stated that she was in her car at around 4 a.m. when Rankins sat in the passenger seat brandishing a firearm and demanding money. She denied having any money, at which point he demanded the keys to her car.

The hotel security later detained Rankins, and while he was being questioned, a witness discovered the loaded 9 mm Ruger handgun he used on the ground under a truck tire.

The investigation revealed that the handgun was stolen on May 17, 2018, from a vehicle parked in the casino’s parking garage.

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