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April 12, 2013

ELTON JOHNSON, age 28, of New Orleans, Louisiana, was sentenced today to 21 months of incarceration by U. S. District Judge Lance M. Africk after he pleaded guilty to a one count indictment for conspiracy to make false statements in connection with a firearm purchase, announced U. S. Attorney Dana J. Boente.

According to court documents, JOHNSON conspired with his then girlfriend, Glenda Wright, to purchase a Ruger 9mm firearm at a gun show in Kenner, Louisiana, on January 28, 2008.  JOHNSON supplied Wright money in advance to buy the gun.  Wright falsely stated on the ATF Form provided by the licensed federal firearms dealer that she was to be the true owner, when in fact, the true owner was to be JOHNSON.  Wright gave JOHNSON the Ruger firearm after the purchase which he kept until it was taken from him by the New Orleans Police Department in an arrest the following month.

JOHNSON was sentenced to 21 months in prison and was placed on 3 years of supervised release and ordered to pay a special assessment of $100.

Wright pled guilty in December of 2012 to conspiracy to make false statements in the purchase of a firearm and was sentenced in March of 2013 to 5 years of probation.

This investigation was conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives and the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office and was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Edward J. Rivera.

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