For Immediate Release
New Orleans Man Pleads Guilty to Multiple Firearm Violations Including Possession of Machine Guns
NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA – U.S. Attorney Duane A. Evans announced that on Thursday, May 13, 2021, LLOYD WASHINGTON, age 25, a resident of New Orleans, Louisiana pled guilty in a three-count Indictment. In Count 1, WASHINGTON is charged with Possession of Firearms and Ammunition by a Convicted Felon in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Sections 922(g)(1) and 924(a)(2). In Count 2, WASHINGTON is charged with Possession of Machine Guns in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Sections 922(o) and 924(a)(2). In Count 3, WASHINGTON is charged with Possession of Non-Registered Firearms in violation of Title 26, United States Code, Sections 5841, 5861(d), and 5871.
On July 20, 2020, New Orleans Police Department (“NOPD”) officers were dispatched to a call for service regarding an illegal discharge of a firearm at 4122 Eagle Street, New Orleans, Louisiana. Residents who lived next door to WASHINGTON reported a bullet entering their residence. No residents were struck by the bullet. Responding officers observed the trajectory of the points of entry and exit and concluded that the bullet likely originated from WASHINGTON’s residence.
Upon arriving at WASHINGTON’s residence, officers observed him standing inside. The officers detained WASHINGTON while they conducted their investigation.
While searching the exterior of WASHINGTON’s residence, officers discovered two firearms with loaded with magazines: a Ruger model LCP, .380 caliber pistol, bearing serial number 371320740; and a Glock model 22, .40 caliber pistol, bearing serial 00841MPD and equipped with a Glock switch converter. The firearms were located on the top of a concrete slab. Officers also observed a black bag containing a third weapon, a Zastava model PAP M92 PV, 7.62x39 caliber pistol, bearing serial number M92PV068277, loaded with two magazines taped together.
Officers elected to interview WASHINGTON. WASHINGTON admitted that he was in possession of a firearm and that the firearm accidentally discharged while in his possession. When asked about the three firearms located in the alley of his residence, WASHINGTON admitted that he owned and maintained possession of the firearms. When asked if he possessed additional firearms, WASHINGTON admitted that he was in possession of additional firearms inside of his residence.
NOPD obtained a search warrant for WASHINGTON’s residence. During the search of the residence, the following items, including firearms and ammunition, were located: (1) a .40 caliber magazine with 4 live rounds of ammunition; (2) a box of .38 special ammunition containing 9 live rounds; (3) a box of .380 caliber ammunition containing 7 live rounds; (4) one 7.62x39mm magazine with an unknown number of live rounds; (5) one clear plastic bag containing multiple caliber rounds of ammunition; (6) a red duffle bag containing a rifle scope and a pistol grip; (7) a Glock model 17, 9mm caliber pistol, bearing serial number BHBZ225; (8) a Glock switch convertor; (9) a box with live 9mm rounds; (10) a 7.62x39mm circle drum loaded with an unknown number of live rounds; (11) a box with 13 live 9mm rounds; (12) a Plainfield Machine Co., Paratrooper, .30 caliber rifle, bearing serial number 43211; (13) an Izhmash model IJ70-17A, .380 caliber pistol, bearing serial number BTK3233; (14) a Heritage Mfg. Inc. model Rough Rider, .22 caliber pistol, bearing serial number R36814; and (15) a Taurus model PT24/7 G2, .40 caliber pistol, bearing serial number SIM30213.
WASHINGTON is a convicted felon and is prohibited from possessing firearms and ammunition.
WASHINGTON faces a maximum sentence of 10 years imprisonment, a fine up to $250,000.00, a period of supervised release up to 3 years, and a mandatory special assessment fee of $100.00 for each charge.
United States District Court Jude Carl Barbier will sentence WASHINGTON on August 19, 2021.
This case was investigated by the New Orleans Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Brittany Reed of the Violent Crime/Strike Force Unit of the U.S. Attorney’s Office.