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New Orleans Man Charged with Illegal Possession of a Firearm

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

U.S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite announced today the unsealing of a one-count Indictment charging KIDUS WODAJO, age 23, of New Orleans, with being a felon in possession of a firearm. 

According to the Indictment, WODAJO, who had previously been convicted of a felony in Orleans Parish Criminal District Court, possessed a Taurus Millennium Pro .45 caliber semiautomatic pistol in December 2013. 

If convicted, WODAJO faces a maximum term of imprisonment of ten years, a fine of $250,000 and three years of supervised release following any term of imprisonment. 

U.S. Attorney Polite reiterated that the Indictment is merely an allegation and that the guilt of the defendants must be proven beyond a reasonable doubt.

U.S. Attorney Polite praised the work of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives in investigating this matter.  Assistant United States Attorney Jonathan L. Shih and Trial Attorney Joseph K. Wheatley, of the Department of Justice, Organized Crime and Gang Section, are in charge of the prosecution.


Updated March 18, 2016