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Covington Man Sentenced For Possessing and Making Silencers

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of Louisiana

NEW ORLEANS – U.S. Attorney Peter G. Strasser announced that ROBERT LYONS, age 34, of Covington, was sentenced on Thursday, July 25, 2019 for 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). LYONS also made firearm silencers without obtaining prior approval from the federal government or paying the requisite tax.

U.S. District Judge Jane Triche Milazzo sentenced LYONS to 12 months and 1 day in prison, followed by 2 years of supervised release.  A mandatory assessment fee of $200 will also be assessed.

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 Attorney Maria M. Carboni.

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Updated July 30, 2019

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