New Orleans Man Pleads Guilty to Being a Felon in Possession of a Gun

Published 1:10 pm Thursday, August 4, 2022

NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA – U.S. Attorney Duane A. Evans announced that on Wednesday, August 3, 2022 JOSHUA REED, age 24, a resident of New Orleans, Louisiana, pleaded guilty to illegally possessing a gun after having been convicted of a felony offense before United States District Judge Ivan L.R. Lemelle.

According to court records, New Orleans Police Department officers approached REED at a gas station in New Orleans East.  During a search of his vehicle, the officers found a Glock pistol, which REED admitted that he possessed.  REED also acknowledged that he had previously been convicted of burglary, which is a felony offense.

REED faces a maximum term of imprisonment of 10 years, up to a $250,000 fine, up to 3 years of supervised release, and a mandatory special assessment fee of $100.

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The case was investigated by the New Orleans Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.  It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney David Haller of the Violent Crime Unit of the U.S. Attorney’s Office.