For Immediate Release
Four South Louisiana Men Sentenced for Illegally Possessing Firearms
LAKE CHARLES, La. – United States Attorney Brandon B. Brown announced the resolution of several cases involving the illegal possession of firearms. United States District Judge James D. Cain, Jr. sentenced the following individuals:
Devin Blake Badon, 31, of Cameron, Louisiana, was sentenced to 60 months in prison, followed by 3 years of supervised release. Badon pleaded guilty on April 19, 2023 to being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm. A complaint was received by the Johnson Bayou Police Department about a female whose vehicle was being followed by Badon. Deputies arrived on the scene and contacted Badon, who was non-compliant with their commands and he was subsequently placed under arrest. Inside Badon’s vehicle, deputies located three firearms. At the time of his arrest, Badon had three felony convictions, including simple burglary of an inhabited dwelling, negligent homicide and criminal damage to property. As a convicted felon, Badon was prohibited from possessing any firearm or ammunition.
The case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and the Johnson Bayou Police Department and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jamilla A. Bynog.
Demetrius Jerone Davis, 39, of Abbeville, was sentenced to 120 months in prison, followed by 3 years of supervised release. Davis pleaded guilty on October 17, 2022 to possession of a stolen firearm. On January 29, 2021, deputies with the Vermilion Parish Sheriff’s Office conducted a traffic stop a vehicle being driven by Davis. Davis advised deputies that he had a firearm under the driver’s seat. The firearm was seized and identified as a SCCY Model CPX-9 9mm pistol which contained 15 rounds of ammunition and had been reported stolen. Davis admitted to knowing the firearm was stolen and that he possessed the firearm in connection with a felony level controlled substance offense. Davis also admitted to committing the offense after having been previously convicted of felony offenses for distribution of cocaine and possession with intent to distribute cocaine, both in 2005, and distribution of cocaine in 2008.
The case was investigated by the ATF and the Vermilion Parish Sheriff’s Office and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Daniel J. McCoy.
Mark Edward Fee, 43, of Sulphur, was sentenced to 84 months in prison, followed by 3 years of supervised release. On October 8, 2021, investigators with the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office executed a search warrant at Fee’s residence where he was the sole occupant. Deputies found a Hi-Point Model C9 9mm semi-automatic pistol, along with several rounds of ammunition inside the residence. Law enforcement officers learned that the firearm had been reported stolen. Agents with the ATF analyzed the seized firearm and found it be a functioning firearm which had traveled in or affected interstate and foreign commerce. Fee was arrested and charged with being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm. He admitted to agents that he was aware that the firearm and ammunition were in his residence and knew he was prohibited from possessing them. Fee pleaded guilty to the chare on April 19, 2023.
The case was investigated by the ATF and the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Danny Siefker.
Javeon Jaron Green, 22, of Lake Charles, was sentenced to 46 months in prison, followed by 3 years of supervised release. In November 2020, an arrest warrant was issued for Green based on information investigators with the Lake Charles Police Department and Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office had learned through their investigative efforts. On November 28, 2020, officers located Green and other associates in a hotel in Lake Charles. A search warrant was obtained and executed on the hotel rooms rented by Green and his associates. Law enforcement agents found a loaded FNX .45 caliber pistol, a loaded 9mm Glock Model 19 with extended magazine, and a loaded .45 caliber Glock Model 23C pistol. Other evidence was obtained by agents revealing photos and videos of Green possessing the handguns recovered from the hotel room and the metadata indicated they were taken on a date after Green’s prior felony conviction. Green was previously convicted of possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance in 2019 in Calcasieu Parish.
The case was investigated by the ATF, Lake Charles Police Department, and the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Daniel Vermaelen.
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 gun violence, and to make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. On May 26, 2021, the Department launched a violent crime reduction strategy strengthening PSN based on these core principles: fostering trust and legitimacy in our communities, supporting community-based organizations that help prevent violence from occurring in the first place, setting focused and strategic enforcement priorities, and measuring the results.