NEW ORLEANS – U.S. Attorney Duane A. Evans announced that DEVIN CHANEY, age 32, was charged in an eleven-count superseding indictment by a federal grand jury on Friday, September 9, 2022.
According to the superseding indictment, CHANEY is charged with four counts of Hobbs Act Robbery in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 1951(a). If convicted of the Hobbs Act Robbery violations, CHANEY faces a maximum term of imprisonment of 20 years, a fine of up to $250,000, a period of five years of supervised release and a mandatory special assessment fee of $100.00 for each count. CHANEY is also charged with five counts of Brandishing a Firearm During a Crime of Violence in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 924(c)(1)(a)(ii). If convicted of Brandishing a Firearm During a Crime of Violence, CHANEY faces a mandatory consecutive sentence of 7 years to life imprisonment, up to a $250,000 fine, up to 5 years supervised release and a $100 mandatory special assessment fee for each count.
CHANEY is also charged with armed bank robbery of the Capital One Bank located in New Orleans on December 24, 2021. If convicted of bank robbery, CHANEY faces a maximum term of imprisonment of 25 years, a fine of up to $250,000.00, up to three years supervised release after imprisonment, and a mandatory $100 special assessment fee. CHANEY is also charged with possession with intent to distribute cocaine hydrochloride, in violation of 21 U.S.C. §841(a)(1) and §841(b)(1)(C). If convicted, CHANEY faces a maximum term of imprisonment of 20 years, up to a $1,000,000 fine, at least three years of supervised release, and a mandatory special assessment fee of $100.00.
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.
U. S. Attorney Evans reiterated that the superseding indictment contains merely charges and that the guilt of the defendant must be proven beyond a reasonable doubt.
U.S. Attorney Evans praised the work of the Federal Bureau of Investigation Violent Crimes Task Force and New Orleans Police Department in investigating this matter. This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Julia Evans, Brandon Long, and Charles Strauss.