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New Orleans Man Pleads To Five Counts of Arson

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

NEW ORLEANS – U.S. Attorney Peter G. Strasser announced that ARCHIE MORRIS, age 42, of New Orleans, pled to five counts of arson on December 3, 2019, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, 844(i).

According to court documents, MORRIS started five fires at an apartment located at 2260 North Prieur Street, New Orleans, Louisiana.  On or about April 2, 2018, at two different times of the day, MORRIS started fires at this apartment.  Then, on or about April 7, 2018, MORRIS set fire to this same residence at three different times of the day.

For each count of arson, MORRIS faces a minimum term of imprisonment of five years and a maximum of twenty years, a fine of $250,000, three years of supervised release after imprisonment, and a $100 special assessment, per count.  U.S. District Judge Jay C. Zainey set sentencing for March10, 2020.

U. S. Attorney Strasser praised the work of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the New Orleans Fire Department, and the New Orleans Police Department in investigating this matter.  The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Maria M. Carboni.

Updated December 5, 2019