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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, May 18, 2022

Federal Trial Jury Convicts Man For Domestic Violence Against His Intimate Partner Aboard a Cruise Ship

NEW ORLEANS – U.S. Attorney Duane A. Evans announced that GERONIMO FLORES, age 30, from Abilene, Texas, was found guilty today after a three-day jury trial before United States District Judge Wendy B. Vitter. He was found guilty of one count of interstate domestic violence assault by strangulation and one count of interstate domestic violence.

On December 17, 2021, a federal grand jury returned an indictment charging GERONIMO FLORES with domestic violence by strangulation and suffocation in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Sections 113(a)(8) and 7(8) and interstate domestic violence in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Sections 2261(a)(1), 2261(b)(5), and 7(8).

GERONIMO FLORES intentionally assaulted his intimate and dating partner while aboard the Carnival Glory cruise ship on December 2, 2021. The Glory was within the special maritime and territorial jurisdiction of the United States during a voyage that departed from and returned to the Port of New Orleans in the Eastern District of Louisiana. FLORES specifically assaulted the victim by strangulation, as well as striking her in the head with his hand.

For domestic violence by strangulation, GERONIMO FLORES faces a maximum term of ten years imprisonment, up to a $250,000 fine, up to three years of supervised release, and a mandatory $100 special assessment fee. For domestic violence by striking the victim, he faces a maximum term of five years imprisonment, up to a $250,000 fine, up to three years of supervised release, and a mandatory $100 special assessment fee. Sentencing is set before United States District Judge Wendy B. Vitter on August 18. 2022. 

U.S. Attorney Evans praised the work of the Federal Bureau of Investigation in investigating this matter. Assistant United States Attorneys Charles D. Strauss and Christopher D. Usher II are in charge of the prosecution.

Updated May 18, 2022