For Immediate Release
Felon Sentenced to 30 Months Imprisonment on Federal Gun Charge
NEW ORLEANS – United States Attorney Duane A. Evans announced that Oronde Gabriel, age 39 of New Orleans, Louisiana, was sentenced today by United States District Judge Eldon E. Fallon to 30 months of imprisonment after pleading guilty to possessing a firearm as a convicted felon, in violation of the Federal Gun Control Act, Title 18, United States Code, Sections 922(g)(1) and 924(a)(2). Gabriel was also sentenced to three (3) years of supervised release following his release from prison and a mandatory $100 special assessment fee.
According to court documents, Gabriel was in an automobile accident on September 27, 2021. A police officer observed the crash and found Gabriel in possession of a fully loaded Taurus Model G2C, nine-millimeter handgun, with an extended high-capacity magazine. Gabriel was previously convicted of conspiracy to make false and fictitious statements in connection with the acquisition of a firearm in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana.
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 of Justice 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.
The case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Orleans Levee District Police. It was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Edward Rivera of the Financial Crimes Unit.