Three Individuals Plead Guilty to Violating Federal Gun Control Act and Possessing Cars from Norfolk Southern Railyard
NEW ORLEANS – U.S. Attorney Peter G. Strasser announced Friday, November 16, 2018 that JONATHAN BAHAM, age 25, of New Orleans, Louisiana, pleaded guilty as charged to conspiring to commit bank robbery with a firearm of the Whitney Bank on South Carrollton Avenue in New Orleans, Louisiana on September 27, 2017, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Sections 371 and 2113(a) and (d).
On the morning of Wednesday, September 27, 2017, members of the New Orleans Police Department responded to a complaint of an active burglary occurring in uptown New Orleans, Louisiana. Police entered the residence, and discovered BAHAM and his two co-defendants inside of the residence. Law enforcement officers also located a loaded Harrington and Richardson “Pardner” Pump 12 gauge shotgun and a Taurus .38 caliber revolver handgun in the residence, as well as homemade ski masks.
Following a lawful arrest, BAHAM admitted to law enforcement that he had agreed to rob the Whitney Bank with his co-defendants. BAHAM agreed to serve as a lookout during the robbery, and admitted that the three perpetrators were about to leave the burglarized residence to go rob the bank with a gun when the police arrived.
Conspiracy to commit bank robbery with a firearm carries a maximum sentence of 5 years in the Bureau of Prisons, a $250,000 fine, up to three years of supervised release, and a mandatory special assessment fee of $100. The Court will sentence BAHAM on February 21, 2019.
U.S. Attorney Strasser praised the work of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Violent Crime Task Force and officers with the New Orleans Police Department’s Second District. Assistant U.S. Attorney Myles Ranier is handling the prosecution.