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Department of Justice

U.S. Attorney's Office
Eastern District of Louisiana
Duane A. Evans, United States Attorney
For Immediate Release
Thursday, February 22, 2024

Lutcher Man Sentenced for Machine Gun Possession

NEW ORLEANS — Tyki Clayton, 21 of Lutcher, was sentenced on Feb. 21 by U.S. District Judge Jane Triche Milazzo to 36 months incarceration after he previously pled guilty to possession of a machine gun, in violation of Title 18, U.S. Code, Sections 922(o) and 924(a)(2), announced U.S. Attorney Duane A. Evans. Judge Milazzo also ordered that Clayton be placed on supervised release for three years following his release from prison. Clayton was also ordered to pay a mandatory $100 special assessment fee.

According to court records, on March 28, 2022, Clayton was the passenger in a vehicle that did not come to a full stop at a stop sign. A St. James Parish deputy stopped the vehicle and saw Clayton in the front passenger seat reaching between his legs into a backpack.

The deputy learned that Clayton had an outstanding arrest warrant and detained him inside a police unit. Law enforcement discovered a Glock firearm equipped with an auto-sear, making it function as a machine gun, as well as a loaded gun magazine during a search of Clayton’s vehicle.

This case is 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 track 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.

The case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the St. James Parish Sheriff’s Office. This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Mike Trummel of the Violent Crime Unit.

Shane M. Jones
Public Information Officer
U.S. Attorney's office, Eastern District of Louisiana
U.S. Department of Justice


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