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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, December 17, 2019

Trial Jury Finds Two New Orleans Residents Guilty Of String of Robberies

NEW ORLEANS - U.S. Attorney Peter G. Strasser announced that, on December 12, 2019, a federal jury returned a guilty verdict against JOHN WELDON and ERISTON WILSON relating to nine robberies of gas stations, convenience stores, and a bank. 

According to the evidence presented at trial, between December 2018 and February 2019, WELDON and WILSON committed armed robberies of three gas stations on General de Gaulle Drive, multiple convenience stores on the West Bank and in the Seventh Ward, and a bank in Algiers.  They carried firearms and wore blue gloves in each of the robberies.

At the conclusion of a three-day trial, the jury found WELDON and WILSON guilty on all counts each defendant faced. The defendants face a mandatory minimum sentence of 7 years in prison and a maximum life sentence.  Sentencing is set for April 1, 2020 before U.S. District Judge Lance M. Africk.

U.S. Attorney Strasser praised the work of the FBI, which led this investigation and was assisted by the New Orleans Police Department and the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office

Assistant United States Attorneys Kathryn McHugh, Greg Kennedy, and Michael Redmann are in charge of the prosecution.                                                                             

 

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Updated December 17, 2019