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Department of Justice

U.S. Attorney's Office
Eastern District of Louisiana
Duane A. Evans, United States Attorney
For Immediate Release
Tuesday, April 25, 2023

Hammond Man Charged in Federal Arson Case

NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA – TERRENCE COE, age 29, a resident of Hammond, Louisiana, was charged by a federal grand jury in a one-count indictment with arson, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 844(i), announced U.S. Attorney Duane A. Evans.

According to the indictment, on or about December 24, 2022, COE, maliciously damaged and destroyed by means of fire, the building, known as Walmart, located at 2799 W. Thomas Street in Hammond, Louisiana. If convicted, COE faces a maximum sentence of 20 years imprisonment, up to a $250,000 fine, up to 3 years of supervised release, and a mandatory $100 special assessment fee.

U.S. Attorney Evans reiterated that the indictment is merely a charge and that the guilt of the defendant must be proven beyond a reasonable doubt.

The case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Louisiana Office of State Fire Marshal, and the Hammond Fire Department. Assistant United States Attorney Troy L. Bell of the General Crimes Unit is in charge of the prosecution.

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