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

Published 11:52 am Wednesday, January 25, 2023

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NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA – U.S. Attorney Duane A. Evans announced that NEWMAN HOOKER, age 29, a resident of New Orleans, Louisiana, pleaded guilty as charged on January 19, 2023, to being a felon in possession of a firearm before the Honorable Barry W. Ashe.

According to court documents, on May 30, 2022, officers from the New Orleans Police Department executed a search warrant at HOOKER’s residence. Officers seized a Glock model 22 pistol loaded with an extended magazine and a loaded Panzer Arms shotgun belonging to HOOKER. Officers also recovered ammunition for the pistol and shotgun, shotgun drums, and firearms accessories.

HOOKER faces a maximum sentence of 10 years imprisonment, a fine of up to $250,000, up to 3 years of supervised release, and a mandatory special assessment fee of $100.00.

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 Federal Bureau of Investigation and the New Orleans Police Department. Assistant United States Attorneys David Berman and Rachal Cassagne are in charge of the prosecution.