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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

Eastern District of Louisiana

For Immediate Release

November 9, 2012

Jim Letten, United States Attorney

Contact: Anna Cristman
(504) 680-3171

New Orleans Man Sentenced for Federal Gun Charge

NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA – CHAKA STEWART a/k/a CHAKA C. STEWART, JR. a/k/a JOSHUA STEWART, age 31, a resident of New Orleans, Louisiana, was sentenced yesterday to 47 months of incarceration by United States District Court Judge Nanette Jolivette Brown after he pleaded guilty to a one-count indictment for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, announced U. S. Attorney Jim Letten. In addition to the term of imprisonment, Judge Brown ordered that STEWART 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 court documents, STEWART was injured during a shootout on February 6, 2011. While receiving treatment at the University Hospital ER, the attending physician noticed a gun sticking out of STEWART's back pocket. The doctor removed the weapon and notified the Hospital Police, who took custody of the gun and contacted the NOPD. STEWART had been previously convicted of possession of cocaine (crack) on March 11, 2003, and possession with intent to distribute cocaine (crack) and possession with intent to distribute marijuana on March 14, 2008, both cases in Orleans Parish Criminal District Court. As such, he was prohibited by federal law from possessing the Taurus Model 605, .357 caliber revolver found in his in pocket.

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