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Department of Justice

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

For Immediate Release

Wednesday, July 5, 2023
Duane A. Evans
, United States Attorney

Two New Orleans Men Sentenced in Connection With Jung Hotel Shooting

NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA – DARIUS DANNEL, age 28, and TERRELL MOORE, age 25, both of New Orleans, were sentenced on June 28, 2023 by United States District Judge Ivan L.R. Lemelle, announced U.S. Attorney Duane A. Evans. DANNEL received a total sentence of 360 months imprisonment, while MOORE received a total sentence of 330 months imprisonment. In addition, both defendants received five years of supervised release following their term of imprisonment, along with a $400 mandatory special assessment fee.

According to court documents, DANNEL and MOORE previously pled guilty to attempted Hobbs Act Robbery, conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute quantities of marijuana, using, carrying, and discharging a firearm during and in relation to a drug trafficking crime, and conspiracy to possess firearms in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.

This prosecution stems from a December 28, 2020 shootout that occurred at the Jung Hotel in New Orleans. DANNEL and MOORE, along with four other co-defendants, entered the Jung Hotel in an attempt to rob drug dealers (hotel occupants) of significant amounts of marijuana. During the attempted robbery, a shootout ensued with over 80 shots fired and three people wounded. These events were documented by video footage from Jung Hotel security cameras. Three of the marijuana distributors involved in the shootout, Clarence Santiago, Brian Jacob, and Malik Fernandez, pled guilty to similar crimes before United States District Court Judge Greg G. Guidry. On March 7, 2023, Judge Guidry sentenced Santiago to a 30-year term of imprisonment. Defendants Everson, Batiste, Ross, Howard, and Fernandez are scheduled to be sentenced on July 12, 2023 and Brian Jacob will be sentenced on October 31, 2023.

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 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 New Orleans Police Department and was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Maurice Landrieu of the Narcotics Unit and Elizabeth Privitera, Chief of the Violent Crimes Unit.

New Orleans Field Division