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Man Sentenced For Two Robberies at Gunpoint and Firearms Violations

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

NEW ORLEANS – U.S. Attorney Peter G. Strasser announced that STEPHAN MITCHEL THOMAS, age 24, of Tangipahoa Parish, Louisiana, was sentenced today for federal firearms violations and Hobbs Act robberies.

According to court documents, THOMAS and others robbed drug dealers at gunpoint on July 11, 2016 and on September 1, 2016.  For this conduct, THOMAS pleaded guilty to two counts of Hobbs Act robbery and one count of brandishing a firearm during a crime of violence.  THOMAS also pleaded guilty to possessing a firearm silencer, a short-barrel rifle, and a sawed-off shotgun, without registering these firearms in the National Firearms Registration and Transfer Record.

U.S. District Judge Ivan L.R. Lemelle sentenced THOMAS to 113 months of imprisonment, 5 years of supervised release after imprisonment, and a mandatory special assessment of $600.

Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) is the centerpiece of the Department of Justice’s violent crime reduction efforts.  PSN is an evidence-based program proven to be effective at reducing violent crime. Through PSN, a broad spectrum of stakeholders work together to identify the most pressing violent crime problems in the community and develop comprehensive solutions to address them. As part of this strategy, PSN focuses enforcement efforts on the most violent offenders and partners with locally based prevention and reentry programs for lasting reductions in crime.

U.S. Attorney Strasser praised the work of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, the Hammond Police Department, St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office, and the

Updated July 18, 2019

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