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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

Eastern District of Louisiana

www.justice.gov/usao/lae

For Immediate Release

November 23, 2011

Jim Letten, United States Attorney

Contact: Anna Christman
(504) 680-3171
anna.christman@usdoj.gov

Local Man Sentenced to 240 Months in Federal Prison for Firearms and Obstruction of Justice Offesenses

NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA – JEROD FEDISON aka Feddy, age 28, of New Orleans, Louisiana, was sentenced today by Judge Helen G. Berrigan to serve 240 months in the custody of the United States Bureau of Prisons for violations of the Federal Gun Control Act and for his role in a conspiracy to obstruct justice, announced U. S. Attorney Jim Letten.

On May 28, 2010, the federal Grand Jury indicted FEDISON and Demounde Pollard with conspiracy to obstruct justice. FEDISON was also charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm. These charges stemmed from an arrest made by NOPD on November 3, 2009, when Pollard, FEDISON, and Christopher Dorsey were allegedly pulled over on a traffic stop in a stolen vehicle. The charges allege that after a brief check, three semi-automatic handguns, two of which had extended ammunition magazines, were revealed. Shortly after the arrest, Pollard, who did not have a prior felony conviction claimed possession of and sole knowledge of the firearms.

During a follow-up investigation that was conducted by federal agents with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF), it is alleged that Dorsey and FEDISON agreed to get Pollard out of jail and have Pollard execute a false affidavit claiming ownership and sole possession of the guns. Pollard signed a false affidavit in an effort to protect FEDISON and Dorsey from being prosecuted for being a felon in possession of a firearm. Both FEDISON and Dorsey have several prior felony convictions and therefore were prohibited from possessing a firearm.

Agents also located several videos on YOUTUBE that showing Pollard, FEDISON, and Dorsey brazenly brandishing firearms on Freret Street in broad daylight, while rapping about how they would never cooperate with the police. (See links to video below) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3shcC_jlbmE

Grove Entertainment artist Dreal in Uptown New Orleans with BG and the choppa city guerilla gang and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jSHkIRZxGMs UPTOWN TRIP PART1.wmv

On May 4, 2011, Pollard pled guilty to misprision of a felony. The maximum sentence that Pollard could have faced for this crime was 36 months in prison. On August 17, 2011, after hearing arguments from both the government and the defense, the Judge sentenced Pollard to 30 months in federal prison.

On January 5, 2011, FEDISON pled guilty without the benefit of any plea agreement to being a felon in possession of a firearm and to conspiracy to obstruct justice. Pursuant to this guilty plea, FEDISON faced up to 120 months on the gun charge and up to 240 months on the obstruction charge.

Today, Judge Berrigan sentenced FEDISON to the maximum sentence of 120 months on the gun charge and 240 months on the obstruction charge. Both sentences are to run concurrently. The Federal Grand Jury also indicted Christopher Dorsey was charged in two counts with being a felon in possession of a firearm and one count of conspiracy to obstruct justice under case number 11-119 C.

Dorsey has entered a plea of not guilty and his trial is set for December 12, 2011. U. S. Attorney Letten reiterated that the indictment against Dorsey is merely a charge and that the guilt of the defendant must be proven beyond a reasonable doubt.

U. S. Attorney Letten also stated that anyone obstructing or attempting to obstruct justice in this district faces significant sanctions. The state and federal criminal justice systems, simply cannot allow individuals to come forward and falsely protect dangerous criminals.

The case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) and the New Orleans Police Department. This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Maurice E. Landrieu, Jr.

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