20-Year-Old Louisiana Man Indicted by Federal Grand Jury for Possession of Two Machine Guns and Faces Up to 10 Years if Convicted
New Orleans, Louisiana – A twenty-year-old man from Louisiana has been indicted by a federal grand jury for possession of two machine guns and faces up to ten years in prison if convicted.
On May 18, 2023, U.S. Attorney Duane A. Evans announced that Xavier Duhon, age 20, a resident of New Orleans, Louisiana, was charged on April 14, 2023, in a one-count indictment for possession of a machine gun pursuant to Title 18, United States Code, Sections 922(o) and 924(a)(2).
Duhon faces a potential sentence of ten years in prison, a $250,000 fine, up to three years of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment charge if convicted.
U.S. Attorney Evans emphasized that the indictment is only a charge and that the defendant’s guilt must be established beyond a reasonable doubt.
This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program that brings all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve together to minimize violent crime and gun violence and make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. The Department launched a violent crime reduction strategy to strengthen PSN on May 26, 2021, based on the following core principles: fostering trust and legitimacy in our communities, supporting community-based organizations that help prevent violence in the first place, setting focused and strategic enforcement priorities, and measuring the results.
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, the New Orleans Police Department, and the Louisiana State Police all looked into the case. The prosecution is being handled by Assistant United States Attorney Sarah Dawkins of the Violent Crimes Unit.