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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
Wednesday, May 17, 2023

New Orleans Man Indicted for Arson and Possession of Destructive Devices

NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA – U.S. Attorney Duane A. Evans announced today the unsealing of a two-count indictment returned on May 5, 2023, that charged RICKY WILSON, age 29, a resident of New Orleans, Louisiana, for violation of the National Firearms Act.

WILSON is charged in Count One with arson in violation Title 18, United States Code, Section 844(i)(1) and in Count Two with possession of destructive devices, identified as incendiary devices commonly known as Molotov cocktails, in violation of Title 26, United States Code, Section 5861(d).

As to Count One, WILSON faces a term imprisonment of not less than 5 years and a maximum term 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 maximum term of imprisonment of 10 years, a fine of up to $10,000, and up to 3years of supervised release. Each count 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 Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office. Assistant United States Attorney Mark A. Miller of the Violent Crimes Unit is assigned the prosecution.

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