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

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Friday, September 14, 2018

New Orleans Man Pleads Guilty to Being a Felon in Possession of a Firearm

NEW ORLEANS –  U.S. Attorney Peter G. Strasser announced that DEVIN WILLIAMS, age 23, of New Orleans, pleaded guilty to a two-count indictment charging him with being a felon in possession of a firearm, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 922(g)(1).

According to court documents, WILLIAMS was found in possession of a Taurus 9mm PT111 firearm on August 29, 2016 and a .40 caliber Smith and Wesson firearm on November 6, 2017.  WILLIAMS had previously been convicted of a felony in Orleans Parish Criminal Court. 

WILLIAMS faces a maximum term of imprisonment of ten years on each count, a fine of up to $250,000.00, three years supervised release after imprisonment, and a mandatory $100 special assessment.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program that has been historically successful in bringing together all levels of law enforcement to reduce violent crime and make our neighborhoods safer for everyone.   Attorney General Jeff Sessions has made turning the tide of rising violent crime in America a top priority.   In October 2017, as part of a series of actions to address this crime trend, Attorney General Sessions announced the reinvigoration of PSN and directed all U.S. Attorney’s Offices to develop a district crime reduction strategy that incorporates the lessons learned since PSN launched in 2001.

U.S. Attorney Strasser praised the work of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives in investigating this matter.  Assistant United States Attorney Jonathan L. Shih is in charge of the prosecution.

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Project Safe Neighborhoods
Updated September 14, 2018