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Federal Grand Jury Indicts Two New Orleans Residents for Violations of The Federal Gun Control Act

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of Louisiana

NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANAMICHAEL WILLIAMS, age 28, and NOLAN LONG, age 31, residents of New Orleans, Louisiana, were each indicted on February 2, 2023, for being a felon in possession of a firearm.

If convicted, WILLIAMS and LONG each face a maximum sentence of 15 years in prison, a fine of up to $250,000, up to 3 years of supervised release, and a mandatory special assessment fee of $100.00.

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

This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and gun violence, and to make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. On May 26, 2021, the Department launched a violent crime reduction strategy strengthening PSN based on these core principles: fostering trust and legitimacy in our communities, supporting community-based organizations that help prevent violence from occurring in the first place, setting focused and strategic enforcement priorities, and measuring the results.

The case was investigated by the New Orleans Police Department, the Orleans Parish District Attorney’s Office, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Assistant United States Attorney David Berman is in charge of the prosecution.

Updated February 3, 2023

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