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Lake Charles Man with Prior Felony Conviction Found with Nine Firearms at his Residence Sentenced to Time in Federal Prison

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

LAKE CHARLES, La. – United States Attorney Brandon B. Brown announced that Jordan C. Soileau, 33, of Lake Charles, Louisiana, has been sentenced by United States District Judge James D. Cain, Jr. to 110 months (9 years, 2 months) in prison, followed by 3 years of supervised release, for possession of firearms and ammunition by a convicted felon, and possession of an unregistered firearm silencer.

According to information presented in court, on April 9, 2022, officers with the Lake Charles Police Department responded to Soileau’s residence following a complaint that he had attacked a female victim and beat her to the point where she lost consciousness. The violent attack had been caught on video, and the officers were able to identify Soileau as the abuser. The video showed Soileau punch the female victim and render her unconscious. He also threw the female onto the ground, at which point he kicked and struck her again and smashed her cell phone. Through the ensuing investigation, the officers also learned that the victim resided with Soileau. The evidence also indicated that Soileau had brought the victim back to their shared residence after the attack.

The officers went to Soileau’s residence to further investigate the abuse, secure the victim, and ensure her safety. When they arrived, they encountered Soileau. While detaining him, the officers observed several firearms in plain view. Using this information, the officers obtained a search warrant for Soileau’s property, including his home and vehicles. The subsequent search of the residence and his vehicle resulted in the seizure of nine firearms, which included an Anderson Manufacturing, Model AM-15 semi-automatic rifle that had been outfitted with what appeared to be a silencer device and an auto-sear conversion device, allowing it to operate as a machinegun. Ammunition in various calibers and large capacity magazines were also seized. The investigation also uncovered evidence that Soileau had recently discharged one of the firearms in the home.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) conducted further analysis of the firearms. The ATF’s investigation confirmed that the AM-15 operated as a machinegun and that the silencer and conversion device had not been registered in the National Firearms Registration and Transfer Record.  At the time of the incident, Soileau had a previous felony conviction for simple burglary in Calcasieu Parish and knew he was prohibited from possessing any firearm or ammunition. As a result of the evidence against Soileau, Judge Cain was able to depart upward from the pre-calculated sentencing guideline range.

The case was investigated by ATF and Lake Charles Police Department and prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Danny Siefker.

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Updated January 11, 2024

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