Guatemalan Man Sentenced For Violation of the Federal Gun Control Act
U.S. Attorney Duane A. Evans announced that MISAEL BERNAL, age 33, a citizen of Guatemala, was sentenced today after previously pleading guilty to a one-count indictment for violating the Federal Gun Control Act. Court records indicate that BERNAL was in the country illegally when he was observed by neighbors repeatedly shooting a gun into the air. Officers of the New Orleans Police Department responded to the scene and took BERNAL into custody after confiscating a 9mm handgun and ammunition. It is a violation of federal law for illegal aliens to possess firearms or ammunition.
U.S. Attorney Evans praised the agents of Homeland Security Investigations and the officers of the New Orleans Police Department in investigating this matter. Assistant United States Attorney Jon Maestri is in charge of the prosecution.