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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

For Immediate Release

July 23, 2010

Jim Letten, United States Attorney

Contact: Kathy English
(504) 680-3068
(504) 589-4978 (fax)

Convicted Felon Sentenced to 15 Years in Federal Prison for Firearm Violation

NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA — OLIN DEREK GRANT, age 44, a resident of New Orleans, was sentenced today in federal court by U. S. District Judge Jay C. Zainey to fifteen (15) years in prison for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, announced U. S. Attorney Jim Letten. In addition, GRANT was ordered to serve five (5) years of supervised release during which time he will be under federal supervision and risk additional imprisonment should he violated any terms of the release.

According to the court documents, GRANT pled guilty on April 29, 2010 admitting that on September 1, 2009, he was in possession of a .500 S&W Magnum caliber revolver when he was arrested by New Orleans Police Officers. GRANT also admitted that he has previous conviction in Jefferson Parish for manslaughter, burglary of an inhabited dwelling and attempted simple burglary of an inhabited dwelling, and distribution of cocaine.

This investigation was conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the New Orleans Police Department. The case was prosecuted by Assistant U. S. Attorney Christopher Cox of the Violent Crime Unit.