For Immediate Release
Independence Man Pleads Guilty to a Federal Gun Violation
NEW ORLEANS – U.S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite announced that ERIC O’NEAL SELDERS, age 43, from Independence, pled guilty today to a federal gun charge.
SELDERS pled guilty to being a previously convicted felon in possession of a firearm. Specifically, on July 29, 2012, SELDERS, who had four prior state felony convictions, possessed a .38 caliber revolver within the Eastern District of Louisiana. Because of his four prior convictions, SELDERS may be deemed an Armed Career Criminal under federal law and sentenced to a minimum of 15 years of incarceration. If not deemed to be an Armed Career Criminal, SELDERS is facing a maximum of 10 years of incarceration, a fine of not than $250,000 and up to 3 years of supervised release. There is also a mandatory $100 special assessment for each count associated with a guilty plea. U.S. District Judge Eldon E. Fallon set sentencing on June 25, 2015.
U.S. Attorney Polite praised the work of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office in investigating this matter. Assistant United States Attorney Edward Rivera is in charge of the prosecution.