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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, April 27, 2018

New Orleans Men Found Guilty of Carjackings, Bank Robberies, and Firearms Violations

U.S. Attorney Duane A. Evans announced that last evening, after a four-day trial, a jury returned guilty verdicts against DWAYNE WINANS, JR., a/k/a “Butter”, age 24, and BRYSON TUESNO, age 23.

The jury found WINANS guilty of committing two carjackings, on August 12, 2016 in New Orleans, and two counts of using firearms during the commission of those crimes.

The jury also found WINANS and TUESNO guilty of robbing on August 15, 2016, both the Regions Bank located at 3836 Elysian Fields Avenue in New Orleans and the Gulf Coast Bank located at 1900 Oak Harbor Boulevard in Slidell. The men were also convicted of two counts of using firearms during the commission of those crimes.

U.S. District Judge Nannette Jolivette Brown has not yet set a sentencing date. WINANS faces a mandatory minimum penalty of 82 years imprisonment and a maximum of life, and TUESNO faces a mandatory minimum penalty of 32 years imprisonment and a maximum of life.

U.S. Attorney Evans praised the work of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.  Assistant United States Attorneys Michael McMahon, Jeff Sandman, and David Howard Sinkman are in charge of the prosecution.

Updated April 27, 2018