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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 18, 2023

New Orleans Man Pleads Guilty to Violations of the Federal Gun Control and Controlled Substances Acts

NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA – On April 11, 2023, BURNEAL ELLIOTT, age 21, of New Orleans, pleaded guilty to a four-count indictment for possession of a machinegun, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, and possession with intent to distribute cocaine, announced U.S. Attorney Duane A. Evans.

As to Counts 1 and 2, ELLIOTT faces a maximum sentence of 10 years of imprisonment, a fine of up to $250,000, and up to 3 years of supervised release. As to Count 3, ELLIOTT faces a maximum term of imprisonment of twenty (20) years, a fine not to exceed $1,000,0000, and at least three (3) years of supervised release following any term of imprisonment. As to Count 4, ELLIOTT faces a minimum term of imprisonment of five (5) years, a maximum term of imprisonment of life, all to be run consecutive to any other term of imprisonment, a fine of up to $250,000, and up to five (5) years of supervised release following any term of imprisonment. As to each count , ELLIOTT also faces payment of a $100 mandatory special assessment fee.

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 Mike Trummel of the Violent Crime Unit handled the prosecution.

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