New Orleans Man Sentenced to 42 Months in Prison for Violating the Federal Gun Control Act

Published 1:22 pm Thursday, January 12, 2023

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NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA – United States District Judge Lance M. Africk sentenced BRYCE JONES, age 23, of New Orleans, to 42 months in the Bureau of Prisons on January 11, 2023 for violating the Federal Gun Control Act, announced U.S. Attorney Duane A. Evans.

According to the court documents, in October 2021, law enforcement arrested JONES, along with several co-defendants who were also convicted felons in possession of firearms, near the intersection of Bienville and Crozat streets in New Orleans.  JONES was in possession of a Rossi revolver, which he had in his waistband.  Record checks revealed that just a few months earlier, JONES had been convicted of several felony offenses in Livingston Parish.  He was charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Judge Africk ordered JONES to serve 42 months in federal prison and to serve an additional three-year term of supervised release after release from imprisonment.  The Court also ordered JONES to pay a mandatory special assessment fee of $100.

This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and gun violence, and to make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. On May 26, 2021, the Department launched a violent crime reduction strategy strengthening PSN based on these core principles: fostering trust and legitimacy in our communities, supporting community-based organizations that help prevent violence from occurring in the first place, setting focused and strategic enforcement priorities, and measuring the results.

This case was investigated by the New Orleans Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigations.  The prosecution is being handled by Assistant United States Attorney David Haller.