New Orleans man sentenced to 46 months in prison for being a felon in possession of a firearm

Published 2:22 pm Wednesday, August 25, 2021

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NEW ORLEANS – U.S. Attorney Duane A. Evans announced that Torrel Knox(“Knox”), age 28, of New Orleans, Louisiana was sentenced to imprisonment on August 19, 2021 by U.S. District Court Judge Eldon E. Fallon for charges relating to being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Knox pled guilty on December 19, 2019, to being a felon in possession of a firearm, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 922(g)(1).  The conviction related to an encounter with the United States Marshals Fugitive Task Force.  On September 27, 2018, law enforcement encountered Knox and discovered a Glock Model 19 handgun with an extended magazine containing 32 live hollow point bullets in his waistband.  Knox had previously been convicted of Aggravated Battery in state court.

Judge Eldon E. Fallon sentenced KnoX to 46 months in the Bureau of Prisons, to be followed by a term of supervised release for three years and a mandatory $100 assessment.

This case is being prosecuted as part of the joint federal, state, and local Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) Program, the centerpiece of the Department of Justice’s violent crime reduction efforts.  PSN is an evidence-based program proven to be effective at reducing violent crime.  Through PSN, a broad spectrum of stakeholders work together to identify the most pressing violent crime problems in the community and develop comprehensive solutions to address them.  As part of this strategy, PSN focuses enforcement efforts on the most violent offenders and partners with locally based prevention and reentry programs for lasting reductions in crime.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office praised the work of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives.  The prosecution of the case was conducted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Kathryn McHugh.