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He was convicted of stabbing teen with a screwdriver. Now he’s in jail again.

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Witnessing a crime and reporting it can be just as frightening as being the victim of a crime. Here’s what you should do if you witness illegal activity.

A Louisiana felon recently convicted in the stabbing of a teenager is now accused of having a firearm when he was arrested in Waveland.

Denham Springs resident Lawrence “Dragon” Bottoms, 27, is being held with no bond at the Hancock County jail following his arrest Sunday. He faces a charge of felon in possession of a firearm.

Bottoms has several facial tattoos that include horns on his forehead and the word “cutthroat” across his neck.

He was sentenced June 19 in the April 2015 stabbing of a teenager with a screwdriver, according to the Livingston Parish Clerk of Court’s Office.

Waveland police arrested Bottoms on Sunday after receiving a complaint of suspicious activity. People were looking in the windows of vehicles at the Budget Inn, Assistant Police Chief Mike Prendergast.

The people left in a vehicle before police arrived, he said, but a description led to Bottom’s arrest in the Walmart parking lot, he said. James Bolton, also of Louisiana, and a woman were also in the vehicle and so was a firearm, Prendergast said. Police arrested Bolton on a charge of disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.

Bottoms’ recent conviction in Livingston Parish involves his guilty plea to using a screwdriver to stab a 17-year-old old in the face multiple times. The victim died about five months later. Bottoms faced an attempted second-degree murder charge but pleaded guilty to aggravated battery, a court clerk said.

He was sentenced to two years in prison with hard labor and received credit for time served.

Bottoms was convicted on two counts of second-degree battery and one count of simple robbery in March 2009, according to The Advocate. He received a seven-year prison term and was released from a Louisiana prison in November 2014, The Advocate said.

Bottoms also faced charges in East Baton Rouge, according to a Livingston Parish Sheriff’s Office news release. After his arrest April 28, 2015, following the stabbing, deputies found a Kevlar throat protector and two firearms with no serial numbers in the car of the woman who had driven him to his parents’ home, the news release said. Bottoms lived in Greenwell Springs at the time.

The disposition of body armor and firearm charges were not immediately available.

Robin Fitzgerald: 228-896-2307, @robincrimenews

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