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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Eastern District of Louisiana

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, December 3, 2018

Federal Grand Jury Indicts Man for Gun Offense

NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA – U.S. Attorney Peter G. Strasser announced on Friday, November 30, 2018 that HERBERT WILLIAMS, age 50, a resident of New Orleans, Louisiana, was charged in a one-count indictment by a Federal Grand Jury for being a felon in possession of a firearm.

If convicted, WILLIAMS faces a maximum term of imprisonment of ten (10) years and a maximum fine of $250,000, for being a felon in possession of a firearm.            

U. S. Attorney Strasser reiterated that the indictment is merely a charge and that the guilt of the defendant must be proven beyond a reasonable doubt.  

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program that has been historically successful in bringing together all levels of law enforcement to reduce violent crime and make our neighborhoods safe for everyone.  Former Attorney General Jeff Sessions made turning the tide of rising violent crime in America a top priority.  In October 2017, as part of a series of actions to address this crime trend, then Attorney General Sessions announced the reinvigoration of PSN and directed all U.S. Attorney’s Offices to develop a district crime reduction strategy that incorporates the lessons learned since PSN was launched in 2001.

The case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.  It is being prosecuted by the Violent Crime/Strike Force Unit of the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

 

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Topic(s): 
Firearms Offenses
Project Safe Neighborhoods
Updated December 3, 2018