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

Friday, February 2, 2018

Guatemalan Man Indicted for Violation of the Federal Gun Control Act

U.S. Attorney Duane A. Evans announced that MISAEL BERNAL, age 32, a citizen of Guatemala, was charged in a one-count indictment for violations of the Federal Gun Control Act.

According to the indictment, on or about December 26, 2017, BERNAL, an alien present illegally in the United States, was found in possession of a Hi-Point, Model C-9, 9mm semi-automatic pistol, as well as 9mm ammunition. 

 If convicted of these charges, BERNAL faces a maximum term of imprisonment of ten years, a fine of $250,000, three years supervised release after imprisonment, and a $100 special assessment. 

U.S. Attorney Evans praised the work of the Homeland Security Investigations of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, in investigating this matter.  Assistant United States Attorney Jon Maestri is in charge of the prosecution.

Firearms Offenses
Updated February 2, 2018