Bogalusa man pleads guilty to federal gun crime

Published 10:26 am Tuesday, November 1, 2022

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Jakari Brown, a.k.a. “Jakari Lemar,” 24, of Bogalusa, leaded guilty on Tuesday, before U.S. District Judge Greg G. Guidry, to a superseding bill of information which charged him with two counts of being a felon in possession of a firearm in violation of federal gun laws, announced U.S. Attorney Duane A. Evans.

According to court documents, on April 25, 2019, Brown, a convicted felon, possessed an Iberia Firearm (HiPoint) Model JPC, .40-caliber pistol that he used during a shootout near the corner of Hickory and South Columbia streets in Bogalusa. Brown was again found to be in possession of a gun on Dec. 27, 2021, when police discovered a Smith & Wesson Model SW9VE, 9-millimeter pistol under the driver’s seat in the vehicle Brown was driving.

The maximum punishment Brown faces for each offense is 10 years imprisonment, a fine of up to $250,000, up to three years supervised release, and a $100 mandatory special assessment fee.

This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and gun violence, and to make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. On May 26, 2021, the Department launched a violent crime reduction strategy strengthening PSN based on these core principles: fostering trust and legitimacy in our communities, supporting community-based organizations that help prevent violence from occurring in the first place, setting focused and strategic enforcement priorities, and measuring the results.

This case was investigated by the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office and the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives. The prosecution is being handled by Assistant U.S. Attorneys J. Benjamin Myers and Maurice Landrieu.