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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

Eastern District of Louisiana

For Immediate Release

May 16, 2013

Dana J. Boente, United States Attorney

CONTACT: Anna Christman
PHONE: (504) 680-3171
FAX: (504) 589-4978

Houma Man Pleads Guilty to Receiving and Possessing an Unregistered Firearm

NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA — MICHAEL J. HEBERT, age 62, a resident of Houma, Louisiana, pled guilty in federal court today before U. S. District Judge Eldon E. Fallon to receiving and possessing an unregistered firearm, announced U. S. Attorney Dana J. Boente.

According to court documents, HEBERT possessed a firearm, to wit: a Stag Arms Model Stag–15, .223 caliber semi–automatic rifle, serial no. 00229 having a barrel of less than 16 inches in length, not registered to him in the National Firearms Registration and Transfer Record.

HEBERT faces a maximum term of imprisonment of ten (10) years, a fine of $250,000 and three (3) years of supervised release following any term of imprisonment. Sentencing is scheduled for August 22, 2013.

The case was investigated by the United States Secret Service– New Orleans Field Division, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and the Terrebonne Parish Sheriff’s Office. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U. S. Attorney Loan Mimi Nguyen.