NEW ORLEANS MAN SENTENCED TO 15 MONTHS IN FEDERAL PRISON FOR WEAPONS VIOLATION
NOLAN ALEXIS, age 28, a resident of New Orleans, was sentenced today in federal court by U. S. District Judge Mary Ann Vial Lemmon to fifteen (15) months in prison for illegally possessing a firearm in New Orleans, announced U. S. Attorney Jim Letten. In addition to the term of imprisonment, Judge Lemmon ordered that ALEXIS be placed on three (3) years of supervised release following the term of imprisonment, during which time the defendant will be under federal supervision and risks an additional term of imprisonment should he violate any terms of his supervised release.
According to court documents, on June 3, 2010, ALEXIS pled guilty admitting that he possessed a .38 caliber Smith & Wesson revolver in the 3500 block of Garden Oaks Dr. in New Orleans. According to the factual basis, ALEXIS was initially arrested on August 11, 2009 by NOPD officers for possession of marijuana while in his apartment. Officers conducted a safety sweep of ALEXIS’ apartment and while doing so spotted the firearm in plain view on a night table in ALEXIS’ bedroom. ALEXIS is precluded from owning or possessing any firearms due to a prior felony conviction in October 2008 for possession of crack cocaine in Orleans Parish Criminal District Court.
The case was investigated by the New Orleans Police Department along with agents from the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Rick Veters of the Violent Crime Unit pursuant to the U.S. Department of Justice’s Project Safe Neighborhoods program, the top domestic enforcement priority designed to reduce and ultimately eliminate violent gun crime in our communities.
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