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

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Friday, January 30, 2015

Gagliano and Gullo Plead Guilty to Federal Firearm Violations

U.S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite announced that JOSEPH F. GAGLIANO, age 55, and DOMINICK GULLO, age 72, both from Metairie, pled guilty today to federal firearm charges.

GAGLIANO pleaded guilty to being a convicted felon in possession of a loaded, Ruger model, .22 caliber scope-mounted rifle.  GAGLIANO and GULLO both pleaded guilty to being in possession of an unregistered silencer that fit the .22 caliber rifle.  The rifle and silencer, along with other evidence, was recovered from an older model Ford van occupied by both GAGLIANO and GULLO.   A Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Deputy stopped the van on May 7, 2014, after learning the van had a stolen license plate affixed to it.  Subsequent investigation by agents with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives along with Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s detectives revealed modifications to the van were made at GAGLIANO’s instruction.

GAGLIANO faces a maximum of 10 years imprisonment, followed by up to three years supervised release, and a maximum fine of $250,000 for being a convicted felon in possession of the rifle.  GAGLIANO and GULLO each face a maximum of 10 years imprisonment, followed by up to three years supervised release, and a maximum fine of $10,000 for being in possession of the unregistered silencer.  There is also a mandatory $100.00 special assessment for each count associated with this guilty plea.       

U.S. Attorney Polite praised the work of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office for their work investigating this matter. Assistant United States Attorneys William J. Quinlan, Jr. and Elizabeth Privitera are in charge of the prosecution.                                                                                             

Updated September 2, 2015