A Shreveport man convicted of five drug and firearms charges in June by a Caddo Parish jury was sentenced to the maximum terms Thursday, August 26, 2021, by District Judge Erin Leigh Waddell Garrett.
Bernard Grant, also known as Lucious Cummings, 51, received a 20-year prison term for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. That term must be served without benefit of probation, parole or suspension of sentence. He also must serve a 10-year term, again without benefit of probation, parole or suspension of sentence for possession of a firearm while in possession of a controlled substance.
He must serve another 10 years at hard labor for possession with intent to distribute less than 28 grams of methamphetamine.
He also must serve two years at hard labor for possession of under 2 grams of cocaine.
Finally, he was sentenced to 15 days for possession of under 14 grams of synthetic marijuana.
Grant/Cummings was convicted June 16, 2021. He had been arrested August 4, 2020 by Shreveport Police at a motel on Claiborne Avenue, during which officers discovered 11 baggies of methamphetamine, as well as the Schedule I drugs Cathinone and synthetic cannabinoid, Schedule II cocaine and the legend drug Hydoxyzine. Police also found a .22-caliber Ruger. At the time of his arrest, Mr. Grant was on parole following a 2005 conviction for possession of Schedule II controlled dangerous substances with intent to distribute, for which he received a 30-year sentence.
The sentences meted out today, stemming from a single criminal event, are to be served concurrently. However, they must run consecutively with his prior sentences. He must serve just under 14 years from his previous sentence before he will start serving the current five terms.
He was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorneys Ross Owen and Erica Jefferson. He was defended by Michael Bowers.