NEW ORLEANS MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO FEDERAL GUN CHARGE
CLARENCE RAYMOND, age 25, a resident of New Orleans, Louisiana, pleaded guilty today to possession of a firearm by a convicted felon before United States District Court Judge Helen G. Berrigan, announced U. S. Attorney Jim Letten.
According to court documents, on October 29, 2011, the NOPD responded to a call of shots fired while a camera crew for a syndicated televison show was riding in the unit. While in the area of North Claiborne and Elysian Fields, the NOPD marked unit saw a vehicle that matched the description of the call and attempted to pull over the car. The defendant, RAYMOND, jumped from the car and was apprehended a short distance away. While being searched following his arrest, an NOPD officer found that RAYMOND was in possession of a Sturm, Ruger & Co., Model P95DC, 9mm caliber pistol.
RAYMOND was previously convicted on July 12, 2005, in the Criminal District Court for the Parish of Orleans for Possession with Intent to Distribute Cocaine (Crack); and on September 10, 2009, in the Criminal District Court for the Parish of Orleans for Possession of Cocaine (Crack), both felonies. As such, RAYMOND was prohibited by federal law from possessing a firearm.
Sentencing is schedule to take place on September 12, 2012. At that time, RAYMOND faces a maximum term of imprisonment of ten (10) years, a maximum fine of $250,000, and up to three (3) years of supervised release following any term of imprisonment.
The case was investigated by the New Orleans Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives and is being prosecuted by Assistant U. S. Attorney Edward J. Rivera of the Violent Crime Unit.
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