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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

Eastern District of Louisiana

For Immediate Release

September 12, 2012

Jim Letten, United States Attorney

Contact: Anna Christman

New Orleans Man Sentenced for Federal Gun Charge

NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA – CLARENCE RAYMOND, age 25, a resident of New Orleans, Louisiana, was sentenced to 63 months of incarceration by U. S. District Court Judge Helen G. Berrigan after he pleaded guilty to possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, announced U. S. Attorney Jim Letten. In addition to the term of imprisonment, Judge Berrigan imposed three (3) years of supervisory 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 court documents, on October 29, 2011, the NOPD responded to a call of shots fired while a camera crew for a syndicated televison show was riding in the unit. While in the area of North Claiborne and Elysian Fields, the NOPD marked unit saw a vehicle that matched the description of the call and attempted to pull over the car. The defendant, RAYMOND, jumped from the car and was apprehended a short distance away. While being searched following his arrest, an NOPD officer found that RAYMOND was in possession of a Sturm, Ruger & Co., Model P95DC, 9mm caliber pistol.

RAYMOND was previously convicted on July 12, 2005, in Orleans Parish Criminal District Court, for Possession with Intent to Distribute Cocaine (Crack); and on September 10, 2009, in Orleans Parish Criminal District Court, for Possession of Cocaine (Crack), both felonies. As such, RAYMOND was prohibited by federal law from possessing a firearm.

The case was investigated by the New Orleans Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives and was prosecuted by Assistant U. S. Attorney
Edward J. Rivera.