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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, November 29, 2018

Larose Man Sentenced for Violations of the Federal Gun Control Act

NEW ORLEANS –  U.S. Attorney Peter G. Strasser announced that TODD DELAUNE, age 54, of New Orleans, was sentenced today to 12 months and 1 day imprisonment followed by 3 years of supervised release by U.S. District Judge Carl J. Barbier for violation of the Federal Gun Control Act.

DELAUNE pleaded guilty as charged to a 1-count indictment stemming from his February 2018 arrrest by detectives of the Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office’s for simple assault, telecommunications harassment and threatening a public official.  Subsequent to his arrest, a search warrant was executed at DELAUNE’s residence and the following ammunition was discovered and seized:   one box of Winchester 12 gauge shotgun shells (8 in box); two full boxes of Winchester 12 gauge shotgun shells (50 rounds), one full box of Federal 12 gauge shotgun shells (25);  one hundred and eighty .22 caliber Remington bullets; one full box of Eley .22 caliber bullets (50 rounds); one Promag 50 round .22 caliber magazine; two Eagle 35 round .22 caliber magazines.    A review of DELAUNE’s criminal history revealed that he pled guilty on August 7, 2013 to simple battery of his ex-wife (a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence), which prohibits him from possessing firearms and ammunition.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program that has been historically successful in bringing together all levels of law enforcement to reduce violent crime and make our neighborhoods safe for everyone.  Former Attorney General Jeff Sessions made turning the tide of rising violent crime in America a top priority.  In October 2017, as part of a series of actions to address this crime trend, then Attorney General Sessions announced the reinvigoration of PSN and directed all U.S. Attorney’s Offices to develop a district crime reduction strategy that incorporates the lessons learned since PSN was launched in 2001.

U.S. Attorney Strasser praised the work of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms and the Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office.  Assistant United States Attorney Michael McMahon is in charge of the prosecution.

 

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Topic(s): 
Firearms Offenses
Project Safe Neighborhoods
Updated November 29, 2018