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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, July 13, 2018

New Orleans Man Charged with Violating Federal Gun Law

U.S. Attorney Duane A. Evans announced that ROMALIS WILLIAMS, age 25, of Orleans Parish, was charged in a one-count Indictment with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

ROMALIS WILLIAMS was arrested by agents with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and Louisiana State Police.  Following a brief foot pursuit, a Louisiana State Police trooper arrested ROMALIS WILLIAMS.  The trooper located a Hi-Point model JCP, .40 S&W caliber semi-automatic pistol in ROMALIS WILLIAMS waistband.  ROMALIS WILLIAMS is a convicted felon.

If convicted of the gun violation, ROMALIS WILLIAMS faces a maximum term of imprisonment of 10 years, a fine of up to $250,000.00, a period of up to 3 years supervised release, and a mandatory special assessment of $100.00.

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.

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 safe 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.

U.S. Attorney Evans praised the work of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and Louisiana State Police in investigating this matter.  Assistant United States Attorney Brittany Reed is in charge of the prosecution.

 

Topic(s): 
Firearms Offenses
Project Safe Neighborhoods
Updated July 13, 2018