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

Friday, November 1, 2019

New Orleans Man Indicted For Gun Offenses

NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA – U.S. Attorney Peter G. Strasser announced on Thursday, October 31, 2019 that MATTHEW BARRA, age 31, was charged in a one-count indictment by a Federal Grand Jury for violations of the Federal Gun Control Act.

BARRA is charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 922(g)(1).  If convicted, he faces a maximum sentence of 10 years imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, and up to 3 years of supervised release.   U. S. Attorney Strasser reiterated that the indictment is merely a charge and that the guilt of the defendant must be proven beyond a reasonable doubt.  

Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) is the centerpiece of the Department of Justice’s violent crime reduction efforts.  PSN is an evidence-based program proven to be effective at reducing violent crime. Through PSN, a broad spectrum of stakeholders work together to identify the most pressing violent crime problems in the community and develop comprehensive solutions to address them. As part of this strategy, PSN focuses enforcement efforts on the most violent offenders and partners with locally based prevention and reentry programs for lasting reductions in crime.

The case was investigated by the New Orleans Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, New Orleans Gang Task Force.  It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Melissa E. Bücher of the Violent Crime/Strike Force Unit of the U.S. Attorney’s Office.


Project Safe Neighborhoods
Updated November 1, 2019