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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

Eastern District of Louisiana

For Immediate Release

March 4, 2013

Dana J. Boente, United States Attorney

Contact: Anna Christman
(504) 680-3171

New Orleans Man Sentenced to 46 Months on Federal Gun Charge

NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA – JONATHAN FRANK, age 29, a resident of New Orleans, Louisiana, was sentenced today to 46 months in federal prison by U.S. District Judge Helen G. Berrigan after he pleaded guilty to a one-count charge for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, announced U. S. Attorney Dana J. Boente.

According to court documents, the New Orleans Police Department stopped a vehicle in which FRANK was an occupant for a series of traffic violations during a low speed car chase on December 3, 2011, in New Orleans, Louisiana. During the police encounter, FRANK was found to be in possession of a Springfield, model XD, .45 caliber pistol.

Court records revealed that FRANK was convicted in Orleans Parish Criminal District Court or about April 15, 2002, for armed robbery, a felony punishable by more than one year of incarceration. As such, he was prohibited from possessing a firearm by both state and federal law.

In addition to 46 months of incarceration, FRANK received 3 years of supervised release following his term of imprisonment.

The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation Anti-Gang Task Force, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives, and the New Orleans Police Department. The matter was prosecuted by Assistant U. S. Attorney Edward J. Rivera.