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New Orleans Man Pleads Guilty to Arson

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

NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA – United States Attorney Duane A. Evans announced that TERRENCE COE, age 45, a resident of New Orleans, pleaded guilty on March 19, 2024 to arson, a violation of Title 18, United States Code, Sections 844(i).

According to court documents, on December 24, 2022, COE set fire to merchandise inside of Walmart located in Hammond, La. On December 27, 2022, COE turned himself into the Hammond Police Department and admitted that he started the fire while trying to open a package that he wanted to steal, with a lighter.

At sentencing, COE faces a minimum mandatory sentence of five (5) years up to a maximum term of imprisonment of twenty (20) years, up to a $250,000 fine, up to three (3) years of supervised release, and a $100 mandatory special assessment fee.

U.S. Attorney Evans praised the work of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives and the Louisiana Office of State Fire Marshal. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Troy Bell of the Violent Crime Unit.


Shane M. Jones

Public Information Officer

United States Attorney’s Office, Eastern District of Louisiana

United States Department of Justice

Updated March 20, 2024