FEDERAL JURY CONVICTS MAN IN CARJACKING AND KILLING OF NEW ORLEANS RESIDENT
CHARLES RAYMOND, age 27, a resident of New Orleans, was convicted today by a federal jury of a carjacking that resulted in the death of Nathaniel Robertson, announced U. S. Attorney Jim Letten.
Among other things, the jury heard testimony that RAYMOND climbed into a Ford Mustang “rock rental” armed with a Norinco, .223 caliber assault rifle, and then, along with co-defendants who had previously pled guilty in this case, drove to the home of Nathaniel Robertson in the Lower Ninth Ward of New Orleans on June 9, 2004. When RAYMOND arrived at the house, Mr. Roberston was walking towards his parked Hummer H2 SUV. RAYMOND ordered that the Mustang stop, got out, and shot Mr. Robertson five times at close range, killing him on the spot. Jurors also heard from witnesses who testified that RAYMOND later bragged about the killing after being released from state custody after only 60 days.
RAYMOND faces a maximum term of imprisonment of life imprisonment, a fine of $250,000 and three (3) years of supervised release following any term of imprisonment. Sentencing is set for January 12, 2011 before U. S. District Court Judge Lance M. Africk.
The case was investigated by the New Orleans Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The prosecution was handled by Assistant United States Attorneys Sean Toomey, Michael McMahon, and Spiro Latis.
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