Jena man sentenced to 16 months in prison for illegal possession of silencers
MONROE, La. – United States Attorney Stephanie A. Finley announced that a Jena man was sentenced Monday to 16 months in prison for possessing unregistered silencers, which he also constructed and sold.
Robert E. Durham, 34, of Jena, La., was sentenced by U.S. District Judge S. Maurice Hicks Jr. on one count of possession of an unregistered firearm. He was also sentenced to three years of supervised release. According to the June 20, 2016 guilty plea, the defendant was recorded setting up a sale of silencers with an undercover ATF agent. They met on May 10, 2016 in Winnfield, La., and the undercover agent purchased three silencers. Law enforcement agents then searched Durham’s home on May 19, 2016. They found and seized silencers, homemade firearm suppressors, ammunition, tools and a drill press to make silencers, silencer parts, and packaged “solvent trap kits,” which are also used to make silencers. The silencers and silencer parts and kits are defined as firearms according to federal law and are required to be registered in the National Firearms Registration and Transfer Record. The illegal silencers Durham possessed were not registered.
The ATF and the Louisiana State Police conducted the investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney James G. Cowles Jr. prosecuted the case.