New Orleans Man Sentenced to Forty-Eight (48) Months for Violating the Federal Gun Control Act

Published 7:00 am Thursday, January 13, 2022

NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA – On January 11, 2022United States District Judge Greg Guidry sentenced JOHNNY WOODEN, age 21, to forty-eight (48) months in the Bureau of Prisons for possession of a firearm while under indictment, in violation of the Federal Gun Control Act, announced U.S. Attorney Duane A. Evans.

WOODEN was charged on August 7, 2020 and pled guilty on September 28, 2021.  He pled guilty to possession of a firearm while under indictment, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Sections 922(n) and 924(a)(1)(D). WOODEN’s sentence is to be followed by three (3) years of supervised release. He must also pay a $100 mandatory special assessment fee.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), which is 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.

U. S. Attorney Duane A. Evans praised the work of the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, and the New Orleans Police Department.  The prosecution was handled by Assistant United States Attorney Melissa Bücher.