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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
Monday, May 1, 2023

Orleans Parish Man Sentenced to 57 Months for Violation of the Federal Gun Control Act

NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA – On Thursday, April 27, 2023, REGIS GRIMES, age 34, a resident of New Orleans, Louisiana, was sentenced in the United States District Court after previously pleading guilty to a one-count indictment charging him with Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Sections 922(g)(1) and 924(a)(2), announced U.S. Attorney Duane A. Evans.

On May 4, 2022, the New Orleans Police Department arrested GRIMES after receiving a concerned citizen’s call that he was distributing narcotics on the steps of Triumph Church, in the 3400 block of Loyola Avenue, New Orleans, Louisiana. When officers approached GRIMES, they saw he had a pistol concealed in his waistband. GRIMES is convicted felon, and is prohibited from possessing a firearm.

United States District Court Judge Eldon E. Fallon sentenced GRIMES to 57 months of imprisonment. Following his imprisonment, GRIMES will be placed on supervised release for 3 years. The court did not impose a fine, but imposed a mandatory special assessment fee of $100.00.

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 federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the New Orleans Police Department. It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Brittany Reed of the Public Integrity Unit.

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