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

Friday, December 1, 2017

New Orleans Man Pleads Guilty To Murder of a Federal Witness,

Acting U.S. Attorney Duane A. Evans announced that GREGORY DENSON, age 54, of New Orleans, pled guilty today to an eight-count Superseding Bill of Information charging him with murder of a federal witness, Hobbs Act conspiracy, multiple Hobbs Act robberies, and obstruction of official proceedings.


According to court records, DENSON was charged along with eight (8) co-conspirators with numerous violations relating to their participation in a home invasion ring.  All other defendants have pled guilty.  The defendants committed home invasions of known drug dealers and, through force and intimidation, including the use of firearms, robbed numerous drug dealers of their drug trafficking proceeds, including cash and property acquired with the drug cash.   Additionally, DENSON murdered a witness, Ellery Boyd, to prevent Boyd from reporting those robberies and other crimes to law enforcement.  DENSON, and his co-conspirators, further obstructed the investigation of the murder by disposing of Boyd’s body. 


DENSON faces a maximum term of life imprisonment, as well as a fine of $250,000, and five (5) years of supervised release following any term of imprisonment.  U.S. District Carl J. Barbier set sentencing for March 8, 2017.


Acting U.S. Attorney Evans praised the work of the FBI New Orleans Field Office’s Violent Crime Task Force and the New Orleans Police Department.  Assistant United States Attorneys Michael M. Simpson, Gregory M. Kennedy, and James S. C. Baehr are in charge of the prosecution.

Violent Crime
Updated December 1, 2017