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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

Eastern District of Louisiana

For Immediate Release

December 5, 2012

Jim Letten, United States Attorney

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

Man Pleads Guilty to the Possession of a Firearm by a Previously Convicted Felon

NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA — ERNEST BLACKMON, age 25, a resident of New Orleans, Louisiana, pleaded guilty to a one–count charge for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon before United States Judge Helen G. Berrigan, announced U. S. Attorney Jim Letten.

According to court documents, the New Orleans Police Department stopped a vehicle which BLACKMON was driving for a routine traffic violation on December 3, 2011, in New Orleans. During the police encounter, BLACKMON was found to be in possession of a Smith & Wesson, model SW40VE, .40 caliber pistol.

Court records revealed that BLACKMON was convicted on or about August 18, 2008, for the possession of crack cocaine in Orleans Parish Criminal District Court, a felony punishable by more than one year of incarceration. As such, he was prohibited from possessing a firearm by both state and federal law.

BLACKMON faces a maximum term of imprisonment of ten (10) years, a maximum fine of $250,000, and up to three (3) years of supervised release following any term of imprisonment. Sentencing is scheduled on March 13, 2013.

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