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Raceland Man Convicted of Firearm Offense by Federal Jury

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

Note: The defendant Samuel Ray Luck was later acquitted in a subsequent bench trial, after his request for a new trial was granted.

NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA – U.S. Attorney Peter G. Strasser announced that SAMUEL RAY LUCK, age 41, a resident of Raceland, Louisiana, was convicted yesterday by a Federal Jury for possessing a firearm after having been convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence.

According to evidence presented at trial, LUCK possessed a firearm on June 13, 2018 after having previously been convicted in McLean County, Kentucky for a violation of Kentucky Revised Statue (KRS) 508.030, Assault in the Fourth Degree, a misdemeanor crime of domestic abuse violence.

LUCK faces a maximum term of imprisonment of ten (10) years, a fine of $250,000.00, and three (3) years of supervised release following any term of imprisonment.  

“The conviction of Mr. Luck highlights the collaborative efforts of federal, state, and local law enforcement in keeping our citizens safe, which is a top priority,” stated U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Louisiana Peter G. Strasser. “The focus on investigating and prosecuting violent offenders in the possession of firearms remains to be our frontline tactic in combating violent crime.”

“Firearms in the hands of criminals is a recipe for disaster,” said ATF New Orleans Field Division Special Agent in Charge Dana Nichols. “ATF is committed to preventing and reducing firearms related crime in our communities. Samuel Ray Luck’s conviction and pending sentence should serve as a reminder to individuals who have a conviction for domestic violence or felony convictions, you can not possess firearms.”

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.

The case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office.  Assistant United States Attorneys Kathryn McHugh and John Murphy are prosecuting the case.

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Updated September 30, 2022

Firearms Offenses