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December 5, 2014

New Orleans Man Sentenced to 30 Years in Drug-Related Murder

U.S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite announced that EVANS LEWIS, age 23, of New Orleans, was sentenced today for his role in the shooting death of a New Orleans man. On February 26, 2014, LEWIS pled guilty to murdering an unarmed New Orleans man, Gregory Keys, and shooting another individual, Kendrick Smothers, during the course of a drug trafficking crime.

LEWIS was sentenced to 30 years’ imprisonment, five years of supervised release, and was ordered to pay a special assessment of $100 by U.S. District Judge Nannette Jolivette Brown.

“For killing a New Orleans resident and shooting another, Evan Lewis will now spend the next three decades in prison,” stated U.S. Attorney Polite. “This lengthy sentence reflects the commitment of our federal, state, and local partners in using all necessary resources to remove the most violent offenders from our streets for as long as possible.”

U.S. Attorney Polite praised the work of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms, the New Orleans Police Department, Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office and St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office in investigating this matter. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Sharan Lieberman, Maurice Landrieu, Jr., and Matthew Payne were in charge of the prosecution.

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