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Honduran Native Pleads Guilty to Being an Illegal Alien in Possession of Ammunition

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

NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA – FRANKLYN ORELLANO-VELASQUEZ, a/k/a “Rony Aguilera,” a/k/a “Rochy Gutierrez,” age 19, a native of Honduras, pleaded guilty on November 2, 2023, to an indictment charging him with being an illegal alien in possession of ammunition, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 922(g)(5)(A).

According to court records, ORELLANO-VELASQUEZ, an alien illegally present in the United States, was found in possession of approximately 40 live .223 caliber rounds. ORELLANO-VELASQUEZ faces a maximum term of imprisonment of 15 years, a fine of up to $250,000, and up to 3 years of supervised release.  Sentencing is currently scheduled for February 21, 2023, before United States District Judge Sarah S. Vance.

This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and gun violence, and to make our neighborhoods safer for everyone.  On May 26, 2021, the Department launched a violent crime reduction strategy strengthening PSN based on these core principles: fostering trust and legitimacy in our communities, supporting community-based organizations that help prevent violence from occurring in the first place, setting focused and strategic enforcement priorities, and measuring the results.

The case was investigated by the United States Department of Homeland Security.  Assistant United States Attorney Spiro G. Latsis of the General Crimes Unit is in charge of the prosecution.


Shane M. Jones

Public Information Officer

United States Attorney's Office, Eastern District of Louisiana

United States Depart,emt of Justice

Updated November 6, 2023

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