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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, February 6, 2020

Port Barre Man Sentenced to Over 20 Years for Federal Carjacking and Firearms Charge Related to Kidnapping Incident

ALEXANDRIA, La. Jon Michael Mauldwin, 28, was sentenced today to 241 months in prison and five years of supervised release for a federal carjacking and related firearms charge stemming from the kidnapping of a Port Barre man, announced David C. Joseph, United States Attorney for the Western District of Louisiana.

U.S. District Judge Dee D. Drell sentenced Mauldwin to 121 months for the federal carjacking charge, which will run concurrent to pending state charges, and an additional, consecutive 10 years for using, carrying, or possessing a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence. Mauldwin pled guilty to these charges in U.S. District Court in Alexandria on September 9, 2019.

The incident began in the early morning hours of August 20, 2017, at approximately 1:00 a.m., when Mauldwin crashed his vehicle at a residence in Port Barre. Mauldwin exited the vehicle, had a brief encounter with an individual at the residence, then re-entered his vehicle and drove down the road where he wrecked for the second time. After the second crash, he entered the home of a Port Barre man, brandishing a black handgun. Mauldwin forced the victim out of his home at gunpoint demanding that the victim use his own truck to drive him to a store. Along the way, Mauldwin told the victim he was going to die and fired the gun in front of the victim’s face causing the driver’s side window to shatter and causing hearing loss in the victim’s left ear. When they arrived at a convenience store, the victim managed to get away and get help. Mauldwin continued his crime spree in Point Coupee Parish where he was subsequently arrested.

The FBI, ATF the St. Landry Parish Sheriff’s Office, Point Coupee Sheriff’s Office and Livonia Police Department conducted the investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Daniel J. McCoy prosecuted the case.

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Updated February 6, 2020