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New Orleans Man Sentenced to 30 Months in Prison for Violating the Federal Gun Control Act

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

DORIAN GIVENS, age 30, of New Orleans, Louisiana, was sentenced today by the Honorable Susie Morgan for violating the Federal Gun Control Act, announced U.S. Attorney Duane Evans.

According to the court records, GIVENS on two separate occasions possessed a firearm after being convicted of distributing crack cocaine in a prior federal case.  In June 2016, police found GIVENS in possession of a gun in the driver’s side door panel of the vehicle he was in when he was shot several times.  In January 2017, police found a gun in a hotel room where GIVENS had been arrested.  GIVENS admitted on a recorded jail call to being in possession of that gun. 

Judge Morgan sentenced GIVENS to a term of imprisonment in the Bureau of Prisons of 30 months on each count, to run concurrently, as well as three years of supervised release following the term of imprisonment.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program that has been historically successful in bringing together all levels of law enforcement to reduce violent crime and make our neighborhoods safer for everyone.   Attorney General Jeff Sessions has made turning the tide of rising violent crime in America a top priority.   In October 2017, as part of a series of actions to address this crime trend, Attorney General Sessions announced the reinvigoration of PSN and directed all U.S. Attorney’s Offices to develop a district crime reduction strategy that incorporates the lessons learned since PSN launched in 2001.

U.S. Attorney Evans praised the work of the Special Agents of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF), the New Orleans Police Department, and the Jefferson Parish Sherriff’s Office.  The prosecution is being handled by Assistant United States Attorney David Haller.

Updated March 19, 2018