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New Orleans Man Sentenced for Violating Federal Gun Control Act

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

NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA – ROBERT HALL (“HALL”), age 24, a resident of New Orleans, was sentenced on June 12, 2024 by U.S. District Judge Lance M. Africk, after previously pleading guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm, in violation of 18 U.S.C. §§ 922(g)(1) and 924(a)(8), announced U.S. Attorney Duane A. Evans.

According to court records, HALL had previously pleaded guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm, in violation of 18 U.S.C. §§ 922(g)(1) and 924(a)(8).  On March 7, 2023, an officer with the New Orleans Police Department, aided by the Real Time Crime Center cameras, saw individuals with whom HALL was associating who were armed with concealed weapons.  When stopped by police, HALL had a Smith & Wesson, .40 caliber semi-automatic handgun in his pocket.  Records checks confirmed that HALL had several prior felony convictions, including convictions for robbery and being a convicted felon with a firearm. 

Judge Africk sentenced HALL to 57 months imprisonment, to be followed by three years of supervised release and payment of a $100 mandatory special assessment fee.  

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 Federal Bureau of Investigation and the New Orleans Police Department.  It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney David Haller, Senior Litigation Counsel.


Shane M. Jones

Public Information Officer

United States Attorney’s Office, Eastern District of Louisiana

United States Department of Justice

Updated June 14, 2024

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