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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, July 7, 2023

New Orleans Man Pleads Guilty to Federal Firearms Offense

NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA – On July 6, 2023, TERRANCE RICHARDS, age 38, of New Orleans, pleaded guilty to possessing ammunition while being a convicted felon, announced U.S. Attorney Duane A. Evans.

According to court documents, on August 22, 2020, New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) officers were sent to the intersection of General Ogden and Olive Streets in New Orleans following a report of shots being fired. Through further investigation, NOPD and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) identified RICHARDS as one of the shooters. RICHARDS’s prior felony convictions for attempted distribution of cocaine (2010), possession of cocaine (2010), felon in possession of a firearm (2011), and distribution of cocaine (2012), prohibits his possession of a firearm.

RICHARDS faces a maximum term of imprisonment of ten (10) years, a fine of up to $250,000.00, and up to three (3) years of supervised release following any term of imprisonment. He also faces payment of a $100 mandatory special assessment fee. RICHARDS will be sentenced on October 26, 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. This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Mike Trummel of the Violent Crime Unit.

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