For Immediate Release
Disturbance Complaints Lead to Conviction of Men for Illegally Possessing Firearms and Ammunition
LAFAYETTE, La. - Acting United States Attorney Alexander C. Van Hook announced that two men have been sentenced by United States District Judge James D. Cain, Jr. to time in federal prison for illegal possession of firearms and ammunition. Both defendants were indicted by a federal grand jury in Lafayette on January 13, 2021 for being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm.
Kevin Joseph Lejeune, 31, of Westlake, Louisiana was sentenced to 57 months in prison, followed by 3 years of supervised release. Lejeune pleaded guilty on June 3, 2021. The charge stemmed from an incident in which deputies with the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to a disturbance complaint at a residence in Lake Charles on July 9, 2020. Upon arrival at the residence, the deputies interviewed witnesses at the scene and learned that Lejeune had possessed and discharged a firearm that evening. The residence was equipped with a video surveillance system, and the system’s recording device was located within a locked safe. Search warrants were executed on the residence and Lejeune’s vehicle. Deputies found a loaded pistol in Lejeune’s vehicle and recovered the surveillance video from the safe. Upon reviewing the surveillance video, deputies observed video footage of Lejeune possessing and firing the pistol. Also, Lejeune admitted to law enforcement that he had possessed and discharged a pistol that evening. As a person having been previously convicted of felony offenses, Lejeune knew that he was prohibited from possessing a firearm and ammunition. His previous felony convictions included those for aggravated assault with a firearm and possession of methamphetamine.
This case was investigated by the ATF and Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Danny Siefker.
Rickey A. Edmonds, 48, of Lake Charles, Louisiana, was sentenced to 24 months in prison, followed by 3 years of supervised release. On February 10, 2020, Lake Charles Police Department officers responded to a residence in connection with a reported disturbance complaint. Officers found Edmonds on the porch with a firearm near him. He acknowledged to officers that the firearm belonged to him. In addition, Edmonds had a number of rounds of ammunition in his pants pocket. Edmonds has prior felony convictions for illegal carrying of a weapon (second offense) (2016), and for unauthorized use of a vehicle (2016). Edmonds knew that as a convicted felon, he was prohibited from possessing a firearm or ammunition.
This case was investigated by the ATF and Lake Charles Police Department and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Daniel J. McCoy.
These cases are 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 www.justice.gov/psn.
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