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

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Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Deville man pleads guilty to possessing an unregistered silencer

ALEXANDRIA, La. – United States Attorney David C. Joseph announced that a Deville man pleaded guilty Monday to possessing a silencer that had not been registered.

Jonathan Hayes, 32, of Deville, Louisiana, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Dee D. Drell to one count of receipt or possession of an unregistered firearm.  According to the guilty plea, Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries agents arrested Hayes on June 1, 2016 in the Camp Beauregard Wildlife Management Area. Agents found him in possession of a Ruger .22 caliber rifle, a Savage .22 caliber rifle and a firearm silencer. The silencer, which is a firearm under federal law, had no manufacturer’s mark of identification or serial number. The silencer was not registered in the National Firearms and Transfer Record.

Hayes faces 10 years in prison, three years of supervised release and a $250,000 fine for each count.  Sentencing has been set for June 20, 2018.

The ATF and the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries conducted the investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Dominic Rossetti is prosecuting the case.

Updated April 17, 2018