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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Eastern District of Louisiana

Friday, December 21, 2018

Covington Man Pleads Guilty to Possessing and Making Silencers

NEW ORLEANS – U.S. Attorney Peter G. Strasser announced that ROBERT LYONS, age 33, of Covington, has pleaded guilty yesterday to federal firearms violations.

According to court documents, on March 3, 2017, LYONS possessed firearm silencers that were not registered to him in the National Firearms Registration and Transfer Record (“NFRTR”), in violation of Title 26, United States Code, Sections 5841, 5861(d), and 5871.  LYONS also made firearm silencers without obtaining prior approval from the federal government or paying the requisite tax, in violation of in violation of Title 26, United States Code, Sections 5822, 5861(f), and 5871.

The Court set sentencing in this matter for March 21, 2019.  LYONS faces, as to each count of the indictment, a maximum term of imprisonment of 10 years, a fine of $10,000, up to three years per count of supervised release after imprisonment, and a $100 special assessment. 

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN).  PSN is 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 Strasser praised the work of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives in investigating this matter. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Maria M. Carboni.

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Firearms Offenses
Updated December 21, 2018