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Department of Justice

U.S. Attorney's Office
Eastern District of Louisiana
For Immediate Release
Duane A. Evans, United States Attorney
www.justice.gov/usao-edla
Monday, October 30, 2023

Raceland Man Pleads Guilty to Violations of the Federal Gun Control Act

NEW ORLEANS — Jamyren Richard, age 23, of Raceland, Louisiana, pled guilty on October 26, 2023, before United States District Judge Barry W. Ashe to two counts of possession of firearms by a convicted felon, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Sections 922(g)(1), and 924(a)(2), announced U.S. Attorney Duane A. Evans.

According to court records, on March 26, 2021, Richard was a passenger in a vehicle that was stopped by the Harahan Police Department. During the stop, officers located two loaded firearms inside the vehicle and Richard admitted to possessing both firearms. On June 15, 2021, Richard fled from a car that was being pursued by the Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office. Richard carried a semiautomatic rifle while fleeing. He then entered a female’s home and hid the rifle under the master bed mattress. Richard later admitted possessing all three firearms knowing he had a prior felony conviction that prohibited him from possessing any firearm.

Richard is scheduled to be sentenced on Feb. 29, 2024. As to each count, Richard faces up to 10 years imprisonment, a fine of up to $10,000,000.00, up to three years of supervised release following any term of imprisonment and a $100 mandatory special assessment fee.

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 violence, and to make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. On May 26, 2021, the Department of Justice 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.

This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Harahan Police Department and the Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office. The prosecution is being handled by Assistant United States Attorney Lynn E. Schiffman of the Narcotics Unit.

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