New Orleans Man Sentenced to 64 Months For Violating the Federal Gun Control Act

Published 2:22 pm Friday, August 5, 2022

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NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA – On August 4, 2022, United States District Judge Carl J. Barbier sentenced STEPHONE BRIDGES to 64 months in the Bureau of Prisons for being a felon in possession of a firearm, in violation of the Federal Gun Control Act, announced U.S. Attorney Duane A. Evans.

BRIDGES was charged on November 19, 2021 in a one-count indictment with possessing a Glock 49x 9mm semi-automatic pistol and a red transparent magazine with 18 live rounds while being a convicted felon. BRIDGES’s term of imprisonment will be followed by three (3) years of supervised release and the court ordered him to 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 New Orleans Police Department, the Orleans Parish District Attorney’s Office, and the United States Federal Bureau of Investigation. The prosecution was handled by Assistant United States Attorney Rachal Cassagne.