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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Felon Pleads Guilty to Possession of a Firearm in a School Zone

U.S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite announced that KENNETH JACKSON, age 24, of New Orleans, pled guilty as charged to an Indictment charging one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition and one count of possession of a firearm in a school zone.

According to court records, on March 9, 2016, JACKSON fired several shots from a firearm towards a red vehicle at the intersection of North Villere Street and Pauger Streets, where the Homer A. Plessy Community School is located.  When he was arrested, JACKSON gave a statement admitting that he had shot at two individuals inside of the red car on that day. 

JACKSON faces up to ten years imprisonment for the felon-in-possession charge and up to five years imprisonment for the school zone charge.  U.S. District Judge Jay C. Zainey scheduled sentencing for January 24, 2017. 

U.S. Attorney Polite praised the work of the Federal Bureau of Investigation in investigating this matter.  Assistant United States Attorney Jonathan L. Shih is in charge of the prosecution.

Updated October 18, 2016