New Orleans Man Charged with Illegal Possession of Firearm and Making False Statements to Federal Agents
U.S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite announced that DARRION YOUNG, age 32, was indicted yesterday for being a felon in possession of a firearm and making false statements to federal agents.
According to the Indictment, YOUNG, who had previously been convicted of a felony in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana, possessed a firearm on November 24, 2015. Moreover, after he was arrested, on two occasions, YOUNG made false statements to agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, during which he falsely accused a person of taking part in a shooting at the Bunny Friend Park on November 22, 2015. In fact, the person that YOUNG falsely accused was not in Louisiana on the date of the Bunny Friend Park shooting.
If convicted of being a felon in possession of a firearm, YOUNG 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. For each count of making false statements, YOUNG faces a maximum term of imprisonment of five 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 defendant 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 is in charge of the prosecution.