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Illegal Possession of a Firearm Results in Federal Prison Sentence for Lake Charles Man

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

LAKE CHARLES, La. – United States Attorney Brandon B. Brown announced that a Lake Charles man with a lengthy criminal history, was sentenced today for illegally possessing a firearm. United States District Judge James D. Cain, Jr. sentenced Dewayne Eugene Miller, 42, to 72 months in prison, followed by 3 years of supervised release. Miller pleaded guilty to possession of a firearm by a prohibited person on May 23, 2023.

On June 2, 2022, officers with the Lake Charles Police Department were dispatched to a residence on 12th Street in Lake Charles, Louisiana. Upon arrival, the officer observed Miller walking away from the residence and toward another one on the same street while holding a handgun. The officer ordered Miller to drop the gun. Miller tossed the gun under the porch of another residence and put up his hands and was taken into custody. At the guilty plea hearing, Miller admitted to knowingly possessing the Charter 2000, Model Undercover .38 caliber handgun even though he had previously been convicted of numerous felony crimes.

The case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and Lake Charles Police Department and prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Daniel J. McCoy.

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 make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. PSN is part of the Department’s renewed focus on targeting violent criminals, directing all U.S. Attorney’s Offices to work in partnership with federal, state, local, and tribal law enforcement and the local community to develop effective, locally based strategies to reduce violent crime. To learn more about Project Safe Neighborhoods, go to

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Updated November 20, 2023

Firearms Offenses