49-year-old Albert Morris Jr., a former Jefferson Parish, Louisiana deputy got off scot-free when Judge John Molaison ruled he did not break the rules of his probation by hiding 108 firearms at his Old Jefferson property.
Morris is barred from possessing firearms because he pleaded guilty to a felony last July of aggravated obstruction of a highway. His weapons collection was impressive. He had an arsenal, according to Nola.com:
… on Sept. 24, his probation officer found Morris’ weapons collection, including a fully automatic rifle, a grenade launcher attached to an AR-15 rifle, smoke and tear gas grenades and thousands of rounds of ammunition, stashed underneath a staircase at his Shrewsbury Road property. The possession of firearms while on probation, and not the type of weapons Morris owned, led Assistant District Attorney Jerry Smith to seek to have the probation revoked.
The Sheriff’s Office seized the weapons, and the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives tested a .45-caliber pistol in his possession with a barrel threaded to accept silencers, said Col. Tim Scanlan, who heads the Sheriff’s Office Crime Laboratory. Silencers, used to muffle the report of a gun when fired, are illegal in Louisiana. Scanlan also showed Judge Molaison Morris’ H&K Model 53, a fully automatic rifle that he said is illegal in Louisiana and Morris’ AR-15 with a 37mm grenade launcher attached.
If his probation had been violated by the judge, he would have gone on to serve at least part of a 15-year prison sentence. Morris paraded several witnesses — none of them officers of the law — in front of the judge, including himself, who said they didn’t believe that Morris did anything wrong.
Apparently the judge bought the act. “I do believe that there was an attempt to violate the terms of probation,” Molaison said. “I also believe there was an attempt to comply. For that reason I am not revoking Mr. Morris’ probation.”
Molaison also found Morris was in contempt of court by failing to tell his probation officers that the weapons were still on his property. He ordered Morris to serve 90 days in the parish jail. He’s already been in jail for 60 days, so he will be released soon.
“I can’t begin to say in the most serious terms, Mr. Morris,” Molaison lectured him. “You’ve got to comply with the terms of your probation.”
Morris’s current five year probation sentence came from the same judge, when he pleaded guilty to the obstruction of a highway charge. In October 2013, Morris discovered an undercover Jefferson Parish narcotics agent poking around his property. The agent was apparently there for his 22 year-old son, Albert S. Morris. The agent knew her cover was blown, so she fled. Morris then chased the agent down alongside his son, and pulled a gun. His son fought the agent, and they both ended up under arrest.
Part of it was caught on film:
Morris’s probation officer, Patrick O’Brien, really thinks his parolee is a danger, and that his probation needs to be revoked ASAP. He told Nola.com that the probation officers had been concerned about Morris’ “rather extensive firearm collection.” The officers had previously searched his residence, and Morris even showed them the empty gun safes, he said. “We were always concerned about his possession of firearms and the possible dangerous outcome,” O’Brien said.
A domestic violence incident led to the search of his home on September 24th.
He is facing separate criminal charges for false imprisonment and domestic violence.