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New Orleans Man Pleads Guilty to Violation of Federal Gun Control Act

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

NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA – SEAN COBB (“COBB”), age 53, a resident of New Orleans, pleaded guilty on June 4, 2024, before United States District Judge Wendy B. Vitter to a violation of the Federal Gun Control Act, announced U.S. Attorney Duane A. Evans.

According to court records, the New Orleans Police Department responded to COBB’s residence after officers were flagged down by a man who said COBB had shot him.  When the police approached, COBB shut the door and refused to come out.  He ultimately surrendered a few hours later.  The police found a gun and spent casing.  COBB admitted that he possessed the gun in furtherance of his maintenance of a drug involved premises.   

Judge Vitter set sentencing for August 27, 2024.  COBB faces a mandatory minimum term of 5 years and a maximum term of life imprisonment, a fine of up to $250,000, up to 5 years of supervised release, and a mandatory special assessment fee of $100.

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.

The case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives and the New Orleans Police Department.  It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney David Haller, Senior Litigation Counsel.

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Shane M. Jones

Public Information Officer

United States Attorney’s Office, Eastern District of Louisiana

United States Department of Justice

Updated June 5, 2024

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