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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

Eastern District of Louisiana

For Immediate Release

July 25, 2012

Jim Letten, United States Attorney

Contact: Anna Christman
(504) 680-3171


NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA – KENDRICK DAVID WILKERSON, age 24, a resident of New Orleans, Louisiana, was sentenced to 84 months of incarceration by United States District Court Judge Ivan L.R. Lemelle after WILKERSON pleaded guilty to being a previously convicted felon in possession of a firearm, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Sections 922(g)(1) and 924(a)(2), announced U. S. Attorney Jim Letten.

According to court documents, WILKERSON has been thrice convicted for felonies that qualify as predicate offenses: on October 30, 2007, he was convicted for Aggravated Assault Upon a Peace Officer with a Firearm in violation of La.- R.S. 14:37.2, Orleans Parish Criminal District Court; on the same date, he was convicted of Possession of Cocaine in violation of La.-R.S. 40:967(C), also in Orleans Parish Criminal District Court, [concurrent sentences]; and on March 6, 2008, he was convicted of Possession of a Controlled Substance, 208th District Court, Houston, Texas. As such, WILKERSON was prohibited by federal law from possessing a firearm. WILKERSON pleaded guilty to a one-count indictment for a violation of the Federal Gun Control Act on April 26, 2012.

In addition to incarceration, WILKERSON was sentenced to 3 years of supervised release and ordered to pay a mandatory special assessment of $100.00.

The case was investigated by the New Orleans Police Department and the ATF and was prosecuted by Assistant U. S. Attorney Edward J. Rivera of the Violent Crime Unit.