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Honduran National Pleads Guilty to Violations of the Federal Gun Control Act

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of Louisiana

NEW ORLEANS – U.S. Attorney Duane A. Evans announced that ELMER JAVIER ACOSTA-MEJIA, age 27, a citizen of Honduras, pleaded guilty yesterday to a two-count indictment for violations of the Federal Gun Control Act.

According to the indictment, ELMER JAVIER ACOSTA-MEJIA, an alien illegally present in the United States, possessed of two firearms. ELMER JAVIER ACOSTA-MEJIA is prohibited from possessing any firearm because he is an alien illegally in the United States.

At sentencing, which is currently set for, September 13, 2018, ELMER JAVIER ACOSTA-MEJIA faces a maximum term of imprisonment of not more than ten (10) years, a fine of $250,000.00, and a mandatory special assessment of $100.00.  Additionally, ELMER JAVIER ACOSTA-MEJIA is subject to a period of supervised release after imprisonment of up to three years.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program that has been historically successful in bringing together all levels of law enforcement to reduce violent crime and make our neighborhoods safer for everyone.   Attorney General Jeff Sessions has made turning the tide of rising violent crime in America a top priority.   In October 2017, as part of a series of actions to address this crime trend, Attorney General Sessions announced the reinvigoration of PSN and directed all U.S. Attorney’s Offices to develop a district crime reduction strategy that incorporates the lessons learned since PSN launched in 2001.

U.S. Attorney Duane A. Evans praised the work of the United States Department of Homeland Security in investigating this matter.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Spiro G. Latsis is in charge of the prosecution.


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Updated June 15, 2018

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