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New Orleans Man Indicted for Being a Felon in Possession of Firearm

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

NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA – U.S. Attorney Duane A. Evans announced that on March 8, 2024, PAUL WILSON, age 23, of New Orleans, was indicted for being a felon in possession of a firearm, a violation of 18 U.S.C. Sections 922(g)(1) and 924(a)(8).

On February 27, 2024, WILSON allegedly did knowingly possess a firearm having previously been convicted of a felony. Specifically, WILSON is accused of possessing a Glock Model 23, .40 caliber pistol, and ammunition, said firearm and ammunition having been in and affecting interstate commerce. If convicted, WILSON faces up to 15 years imprisonment, up to a $250,000 fine, up to three years of supervised release, and a mandatory special assessment fee of $100.

U.S. Attorney Evans reiterated that the indictment is merely a charge and that the guilt of the defendant must be proven beyond a reasonable doubt. 

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.

The case was investigated by Federal Bureau of Investigation and the New Orleans Police Department. Assistant United States Attorney Sarah Dawkins of the Violent Crimes Unit is in charge of the prosecution.


Shane M. Jones

Public Information Officer

United States Attorney’s Office, Eastern District of Louisiana

United States Department of Justice

Updated March 26, 2024

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