NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA – U.S. Attorney Duane A. Evans announced that defendant JAMAL BAZLEY, of New Orleans, Louisiana, was sentenced on May 26, 2022 by U.S. District Court Chief Judge Nannette Jolivette Brown to 80 months of imprisonment, 3 years of supervised release, and a $100 mandatory special assessment fee after previously pleading guilty to Count Two of a three-count indictment.
Count Two charged BAZLEY with being a felon in possession of a firearm, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 922(g)(1) and Title 18, United States Code, Section 924(a)(2). According to court documents, on June 2, 2020, investigators arrested BAZLEY and his co-defendant for being felons in possession of firearms. Law enforcement attempted to initiate a traffic stop on a vehicle being driven by BAZLEY; however, he refused to stop and fled into the parking lot of a Home Depot located near the intersection of S. Claiborne Ave. and Earhart Blvd in New Orleans, LA. The vehicle proceeded into the gated parking lot, and attempted to evade law enforcement. BAZLEY and the two other vehicle occupants exited the vehicle and fled on foot. Once the scene was secure, investigators observed a rifle and two handguns within the immediate area of the vehicle, as well as ski masks and a pair of gloves on the front passenger floorboard of the vehicle.
This case was being prosecuted as part of the joint federal, state, and local Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) Program, the centerpiece of the Department of Justice’s violent crime reduction efforts. PSN is an evidence-based program proven to be effective at reducing violent crime. Through PSN, a broad spectrum of stakeholders work together to identify the most pressing violent crime problems in the community and develop comprehensive solutions to address them. As part of this strategy, PSN focuses enforcement efforts on the most violent offenders and partners with locally based prevention and reentry programs for lasting reductions in crime.
U. S. Attorney Evans praised the work of the Federal Bureau of Investigations. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Inga Petrovich of the Violent Crime Unit of the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
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