For Immediate Release
New Orleans Man Pleads Guilty to Violating the Federal Gun Control Act
NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA – U.S. Attorney Duane A. Evans announced that on June 16, 2021, ALONZO PITTMAN, 34, from Orleans Parish, pled guilty as charged to a one-count indictment for being a Felon in Possession of a Firearm, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 922(g)(1).
On July 2, 2019, PITTMAN sold a Hi-Point Model JHP, .45 caliber pistol to a confidential informant in the Hollygrove neighborhood of New Orleans. His previous felony conviction stemming from an incident in Jefferson Parish prevented him from possessing a firearm.
PITTMAN will be sentenced on September 29, 2021. He faces up to ten (10) years imprisonment, a maximum fine of up to $250,000, up to 3 years of supervised release following any term of imprisonment, and a mandatory $100 special assessment.
This case is being prosecuted as part of the joint federal, state, and local Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) Program, the centerpiece of the Department of Justice’s violent crime reduction efforts. PSN is an evidence-based program proven to be effective at reducing violent crime. Through PSN, a broad spectrum of stakeholders work together to identify the most pressing violent crime problems in the community and develop comprehensive solutions to address them. As part of this strategy, PSN focuses enforcement efforts on the most violent offenders and partners with locally based prevention and reentry programs for lasting reductions in crime.
The case was investigated by the New Orleans Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. Assistant United States Attorney Melissa Bücher is in charge of the prosecution.