Denham Springs Man Convicted of Illegally Possessing Numerous Firearms and An Unregistered Silencer
United States Attorney Brandon Fremin announced today that JOSHUA ANDREW GUILLOT, age 30, of Denham Springs, Louisiana, has been convicted of one count of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 922(g)(1), and one count of possession of an unregistered firearm, in violation of Title 26, United States Code, Section 5861(d). Earlier today, GUILLOT pled guilty to both counts before U.S. District Judge Shelly D. Dick. At sentencing, the defendant faces a significant prison term, fines, and forfeiture of the firearms and ammunition seized during in the underlying investigation.
The guilty plea arises from a tip by a concerned citizen to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosive (“ATF”), regarding social media postings made by the defendant. After corroborating the citizen tip, and reviewing GUILLOT’s criminal history, which included convictions for felony controlled substance offenses, the ATF quickly obtained a federal search warrant for the defendant’s residence located in Denham Springs, Louisiana.
In connection with his guilty plea today, GUILLOT admitted to a factual summary which detailed his illegal possession of firearms and silencers. According to the factual summary, on October 23, 2017, working in collaboration with the Livingston Parish Sheriff’s Office, the ATF seized 17 firearms, including several high-capacity semi-automatic rifles, 3 silencers, and over 5,000 rounds of ammunition, among other things, from the defendant’s home.
U.S. Attorney Brandon Fremin stated, “These convictions demonstrate the important role that conscientious citizens play in removing firearms from the hands of convicted felons. We are very grateful that this citizen decided to pick up the phone and help law enforcement to protect our community.”
The matter is being handled by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Louisiana and the Baton Rouge Office of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, with substantial assistance provided by the Livingston Parish Sheriff’s Office. The matter is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Elizabeth E. White and J. Brady Casey.