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New Orleans man sentenced for violation of the Federal Gun Control Act

NEW ORLEANS – U.S. Attorney Duane A. Evans announced that Jaylon Johnson, age 23, a resident of New Orleans, Louisiana was sentenced on April 13, 2021 to thirty-three months in the Bureau of Prisons following his plea to a one-count indictment by a federal grand jury. Additionally, Johnson was sentenced to serve one year of supervised release following imprisonment and to pay a $100.00 special assessment fee. Johnson was charged with Possession of Firearm by a Convicted Felon in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Sections 922(g)(1) and 924(a)(2).  The Honorable Susie Morgan sentenced Johnson.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives and the New Orleans Police Department conducted an investigation into gun violence and narcotics trafficking in the Hollygrove neighborhood.  On October 13, 2020, Johnson was observed in possession of a fully concealed firearm while riding his bicycle. The officer articulated that he observed the outline of the firearm underneath Johnson’s shirt as he rode his bicycle. Upon being instructed to stop his bicycle, Johnson fled from officers on foot.  While fleeing, Johnson discarded the firearm.  Following a foot pursuit, Johnson was arrested.  Officers recovered the firearm after retracing Johnson’s path of flight.

U.S. Attorney Duane A. Evans praised the work of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms and the the New Orleans Police Department in investigating this matter. Assistant United States Attorney Brittany L. Reed is in charge of the prosecution of this case.