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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, August 18, 2016

Three Brothers Charged with Illegal Possession of Firearms

U.S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite announced that TERRELL TATE, age 26, GEREME TATE, age 24, and MICHAEL TATE, age 30, three brothers from New Orleans, were indicted on today a federal grand jury with being felons in possession of firearms. 

According to the Indictment, the TATE brothers, all of whom had been previously convicted of felonies in Orleans Parish Criminal District Court, possessed a Glock 19C semiautomatic pistol, and a Taurus PT111 9mm pistol on July 4, 2016. 

If convicted, each defendant faces a maximum term of imprisonment of ten years, a fine of $250,000, and three years of supervised release following any term of imprisonment.

U.S. Attorney Polite reiterated that the Indictment is merely an allegation and that the guilt of the defendants must be proven beyond a reasonable doubt.

U.S. Attorney Polite praised the work of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives in investigating this matter.  Assistant United States Attorney Jonathan L. Shih and Trial Attorney Joseph K. Wheatley, of the Department of Justice, Organized Crime and Gang Section, are in charge of the prosecution.

Updated August 18, 2016