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

Friday, February 22, 2019

New Orleans Man Sentenced To 105 Months for Felon in Possession of a Firearm Charge

NEW ORLEANS – U.S. Attorney Peter G. Strasser announced that United States District Court Judge, Lance M. Africk, sentenced RODNEY LAVALAIS, age 33, of New Orleans, to 105 months of imprisonment, to be served in the United States Bureau of Prisons.  The sentence will run concurrent with January 10, 2019 state court convictions in which LAVALAIS was sentenced to 5 years in the Louisiana Department of Corrections. Following his term of imprisonment, LAVALAIS will be placed on 3 years of supervised release.  On March 22, 2018, LAVALAIS pled guilty to possessing a firearm after being convicted of a felony offense.

LAVALAIS’ case has been designated as a Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) case.  PSN is the centerpiece of the Department of Justice’s violent crime reduction efforts.  PSN is an evidence-based program proven to be effective at reducing violent crime. Through PSN, a broad spectrum of stakeholders work together to identify the most pressing violent crime problems in the community and develop comprehensive solutions to address them. As part of this strategy, PSN focuses enforcement efforts on the most violent offenders and partners with locally based prevention and reentry programs for lasting reductions in crime.

U.S. Attorney Strasser praised the work of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Kenner Police Department in investigating this matter. Assistant United States Attorney Brittany L. Reed is in charge of the prosecution.



Project Safe Neighborhoods
Updated February 22, 2019