Federal Grand Jury Indicts New Orleans Man for Being a Felon in Possession of a Firearm
Published 4:46 pm Tuesday, November 23, 2021
NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA – U.S. Attorney Duane A. Evans announced today that STEPHONE BRIDGES, age 32, a resident of New Orleans, Louisiana, was charged on November 19, 2021 in a one-count indictment for being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm. BRIDGES was charged with having a Glock semi-automatic pistol on or about August 15, 2021.
If convicted, BRIDGES faces up to ten (10) years imprisonment, followed by up to three (3) years of supervised release, up to a $250,000.00 fine, and a mandatory special assessment fee of $100.00.
U.S. Attorney Evans reiterated that the indictment is merely a charge and that the guilt of the defendant must be proven beyond a reasonable doubt.
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 case was investigated by the New Orleans Police Department, the Orleans Parish District Attorney’s Office, and the United States Federal Bureau of Investigation. Assistant United States Attorney Rachal Cassagne is in charge of the prosecution.