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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, May 18, 2018

New Orleans Man Charged with Being a Felon in Possession of a Firearm

U.S. Attorney Duane A. Evans announced that DEVIN WILLIAMS, age 23, of New Orleans, was charged yesterday in a two-count Indictment with being a felon in possession of a firearm, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 922(g)(1).

According to the Indictment, DEVIN WILLIAMS was found in possession of a Taurus 9mm PT111 firearm on August 29, 2016 and a .40 caliber Smith and Wesson firearm on November 6, 2017.  DEVIN WILLIAMS had previously been convicted of aggravated battery in Orleans Parish Criminal Court. 

If convicted, DEVIN WILLIAMS faces a maximum term of imprisonment of ten years on each count, a fine of up to $250,000.00, three years supervised release after imprisonment, and a mandatory $100 special assessment.

U. S. Attorney Evans reiterated that an Indictment is merely a charge and that the guilt of the defendant must be proven beyond a reasonable doubt.

U.S. Attorney Evans praised the work of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives in investigating this matter.  Assistant United States Attorney Jonathan L. Shih is in charge of the prosecution.

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.

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Project Safe Neighborhoods
Updated May 20, 2018