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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

Eastern District of Louisiana

For Immediate Release

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Jim Letten, United States Attorney

Contact: Anna Christman, Public Information Officer
(504) 680-3171;

Greensburg Man Sentenced for a Gun Violation

NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA — CLIFTON HOLMES, JR., age 40, a resident of Greensburg, Louisiana, was sentenced today by U. S. District Court Judge Stanwood R. Duval, Jr. to twenty–seven (27) months of imprisonment for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, announced U. S Attorney Jim Letten. In addition to the term of imprisonment, Judge Duval ordered that HOLMES be placed on three (3) years of supervised release following the term of imprisonment, during which time the defendant will be under federal supervision and risks an additional term of imprisonment should he violate any terms of his supervised release.

According to federal court documents, HOLMES previously entered a guilty plea on September 28, 2011 to a two–count indictment that alleged, he illegally possessed a firearm and ammunition. HOLMES was originally arrested on April 23, 2010 when he appeared at a routine visit with his state probation officer that search HOLMES’ vehicle pursuant to the condition of his probation. Louisiana State Probation and Parole officers found in HOLMES’ truck a Ruger .9mm pistol and .22 caliber long rifle bullets. At the time of HOLMES’ arrest, he was prohibited by federal law to possess firearms or ammunition because he had a previous state conviction.

The Court imposed a sentence within the recommended guideline range. After sentencing, HOLMES was remanded to the custody of the United States Marshal’s Service to begin his term of imprisonment.

This case was investigated by Special Agents of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives along with Louisiana Office of Probation and Parole. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney, Abe McGull pursuant to the Department of Justice’s Project Safe Neighborhoods program, the top domestic enforcement priority designed to reduce and ultimately eliminate violent gun crime in our communities.