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Department of Justice

U.S. Attorney's Office
Eastern District of Louisiana

For Immediate Release

Friday, October 6, 2017
Duane A. Evans
, United States Attorney
Contact: Anna Christman

New Orleans Couple Pleads Guilty to Making False Statements to a Federally Licensed Firearms Dealer

NEW ORLEANS – Acting U.S. Attorney Duane A. Evans announced that BRANDON SMITH, age 29, and CHELSIE WILLIAMS, age 24, both of New Orleans, pled guilty yesterday to making false statements to a federally licensed firearms dealer and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
 
According to court documents, SMITH and WILLIAMS unlawfully possessed and made false statements concerning a rifle.  
 
Both SMITH and WILLIAMS face a maximum term of imprisonment of ten years, a maximum fine of $250,000, a maximum term of supervised release of three years, and a mandatory $100 special assessment for each count.  U.S. District Judge Carl J. Barbier set sentencing for January 11, 2018. 
 
Acting U.S. Attorney Evans praised the work of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives for investigating this matter.  Special Assistant U.S. Attorney J. Ryan McLaren is in charge of the prosecution.
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Field Division: New Orleans Field Division