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Slidell Man Sentenced to 33 Months Imprisonment for Manufacturing Machine Gun Conversion Devices and Obstruction of Justice

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

NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA – U.S. Attorney Duane A. Evans announced today that on November 9, 2023, RENE LADMIRAULT, age 21, of Slidell, Louisiana, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Carl J. Barbier to 33-months imprisonment after previously pleading guilty. 

LADMIRAULT was  a manufacturer of machine gun conversion devices, commonly known as “Glock switches.” These devices, when attached to Glock firearms, convert semi-automatic firearms to fully automatic firearms, or machine guns.  LADMIRAULT manufactured the devices at his residence using a 3D-printer and a milling machine and used Instagram to sell them.  After learning that LADMIRAULT was illegally manufacturing the devices, the Federal Bureau of Investigation executed a search warrant at his  residence.  As the agents attempted to enter the residence, LADMIRAULT flushed a machine gun conversion device down his toilet  to destroy the device and to avoid its seizure by the FBI.

After serving his term of imprisonment, LADMIRAULT will be supervised by U.S. Probation for two (2) years.  LADMIRAULT must also pay a mandatory special assessment fee of $200.00.

This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and gun violence, and to make our neighborhoods safer for everyone.  On May 26, 2021, the Department launched a violent crime reduction strategy strengthening PSN based on these core principles: fostering trust and legitimacy in our communities, supporting community-based organizations that help prevent violence from occurring in the first place, setting focused and strategic enforcement priorities, and measuring the results.

This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.  The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Brittany Reed of the Public Integrity Unit.


Shane M. Jones

Public Information Officer

United States Attorney's Office, Eastern District of Louisiana

United States Department of Justice

Updated November 15, 2023

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