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

Thursday, May 24, 2018

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

NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA – U.S. Attorney Duane A. Evans announced that PATRICK SCHEXNAYDER, a/k/a “Pat,” a/k/a “Red,” age 27, of New Orleans, was charged on May 24, 2018 in a one-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, PATRICK SCHEXNAYDER was found in possession of a .45 caliber semi-automatic Beretta handgun on February 23, 2018.  PATRICK SCHEXNAYDER had previously been convicted in Orleans Parish of a state-law felony.

If convicted, PATRICK SCHEXNAYDER faces a maximum term of imprisonment of ten years, 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 the Indictment is merely an allegation and that the guilt of the defendant must be proven beyond a reasonable doubt.

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.

This case is being investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the New Orleans Police Department. Assistant United States Attorneys Maria M. Carboni and Matthew R. Payne are in charge of the prosecution.


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Firearms Offenses
Updated May 24, 2018