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New Orleans Man Pleads Guilty to Violating the Federal Gun Control Act

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

NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA – SHAMAR HOLMES, age 23, a resident of New Orleans, pled guilty on May 11, 2023 before United States District Judge Carl J. Barbier to a one-count indictment alleging that he illegally possessed a firearm having previously been  convicted of a felony, announced U.S. Attorney Duane A. Evans.

According to court records, in September 2022, HOLMES was traveling on Interstate 10 near the Claiborne Avenue exit when another car opened fire on his car.  HOLMES was shot several times and taken to the hospital.  When New Orleans Police Officers arrived to investigate, they seized the car as part of the shooting investigation.  During a search of the vehicle, the police located a Glock, Gen. 22, 40 caliber semi-automatic handgun.  Earlier, in January 2022, HOLMES had pleaded guilty to aggravated battery, a felony, in Orleans Parish and was thus prohibited from possessing guns at the time of this event.

HOLMES is set to be sentenced on August 17, 2023.  He faces up to 15 years imprisonment, a fine of up to $250,000, up to three years of supervised release following any term of imprisonment and a $100 mandatory special assessment fee.

This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives and the New Orleans Police Department.  The prosecution is being handled by Assistant United States Attorney David Haller 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 May 12, 2023

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