Man From New Orleans is Sentenced for Breaking the Federal Gun Control Act

NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA – U.S. Attorney Duane A. Evans said that 23-year-old SHAMAR HOLMES of New Orleans was given a 57-month prison term by US District Judge Carl J. Barbier for illegally possessing a firearm after being convicted of a felony.

Records from the court show that HOLMES admitted that he was driving down Interstate 10 near the Claiborne Avenue exit in September 2022 when another car fired at him. Holmes was hit with several bullets and taken to the hospital. When police from New Orleans got there to look into the killing, they took the car as part of their investigation.

They searched the car and found a pistol with a.40 caliber under the seat. Holmes admitted to a felony in Orleans Parish in January 2022. Because of this, he was not allowed to have guns at the time of the September killing.

Frank Barbier, the judge, gave Holmes a sentence of 57 months in prison, followed by three years of supervised release after any prison time. HOLMES was also told he had to pay a $100 special assessment fee.

As part of Project Safe Areas (PSN), which aims to make our areas safer for everyone by bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the people they serve, this case was brought to light. The Department started a plan to reduce violent crime on May 26, 2021. The plan is based on four main ideas: building trust and legitimacy in our communities; supporting community-based groups that work to stop violence before it starts; setting clear and focused enforcement priorities; and keeping track of the results.

Police in New Orleans and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives both looked into this case. Assistant United States Attorney David Haller of the Violent Crime Unit is in charge of the case.

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