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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
Friday, June 2, 2023

New Orleans Man Federally Indicted for Carjacking

NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA – Today, DEVON FRITH, age 24, a resident of New Orleans, Louisiana, was charged in a two-count indictment for violation of the Carjacking statute and the Federal Gun Control Act, announced U.S. Attorney Duane A. Evans.

FRITH is charged in Count One with Carjacking in violation of Title 18, United States Code, 2119 and in Count Two with Brandishing a Firearm in Furtherance of a Crime of Violence, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Sections 924(c)(1).

As to Count One, FRITH faces a term imprisonment of not more than 15 years, a fine of up to $250,000, and up to 3 years of supervised release; as to Count Two, he faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 7 years and a maximum term of life imprisonment, up to a $250,000 fine, and up to three years of supervised release. Each count also carries a mandatory special assessment fee of $100.

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.

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 Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. Assistant United States Attorney Mark A. Miller of the Violent Crimes Unit is assigned to the prosecution of this case.

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