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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, January 13, 2023

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

NEW ORLEANS – U.S. Attorney Duane A. Evans announced that MARVIN YOUNG, of New Orleans, pleaded guilty as charged on January 5, 2023 to being a felon in possession of a firearm before the Honorable Eldon E. Fallon.

According to public records, on July 8, 2021, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and multiple state agencies conducted a joint operation to utilize proactive police patrol in areas of New Orleans with a pattern of documented instances of violent crime. During the operation, YOUNG was observed lifting his shirt revealing a firearm tucked into his waistband. 

Shortly thereafter, NOPD units positioned themselves behind YOUNG’s vehicle, and attempted to conduct a traffic stop. YOUNG refused to pull over and accelerated his vehicle in an attempt to flee. A U.S. Border and Customs helicopter followed YOUNG, seeing him eventually bring the vehicle to a stop, exit, and attempt to hide.

A canine was brought to the scene and officers retraced the route YOUNG was observed fleeing from his vehicle. In the foliage of the empty lot, officers discovered the firearm that YOUNG was observed possessing before he fled from police.

YOUNG was prohibited from possessing the firearm because he had previously been convicted of unauthorized entry of an inhabited dwelling.

YOUNG faces a maximum sentence of 10 years of imprisonment, a fine of up to $250,000, up to 3 years of supervised release and a mandatory $100 special assessment fee. 

This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and gun violence, and to make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. On May 26, 2021, the Department launched a violent crime reduction strategy strengthening PSN based on these core principles: fostering trust and legitimacy in our communities, supporting community-based organizations that help prevent violence from occurring in the first place, setting focused and strategic enforcement priorities, and measuring the results.

This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the New Orleans Police Department. Assistant United States Attorney Mike Trummel handled the prosecution.

 

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Topic(s): 
Project Safe Neighborhoods
Updated January 13, 2023