FEDERAL GRAND JURY INDICTS MAN FOR WEAPONS VIOLATIONS

Published 10:30 am Sunday, December 19, 2021

NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA – U.S. Attorney Duane A. Evans announced that on Friday, December 10, 2021, SHAWN BREAUX, age 29, resident of New Orleans, LA, was charged in a sealed two-count indictment for weapons violations that occurred on October 8, 2021.  The indictment was unsealed on December 15, 2021.

In Count 1 of the indictment, BREAUX is charged with possessing two firearms on October 8, 2021, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Sections 922(g)(1) and 924(a)(2).  If convicted, BREAUX faces a maximum sentence of up to 10 years of imprisonment, a fine of up to $250,000, a period of up to 3 years of supervised release, and a mandatory special assessment fee of $100.00.  Count 2 of the Indictment charges BREAUX with being in possession of a machine gun in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Sections 922(o) and 924(a)(2).  If convicted, BREAUX faces a maximum sentence of up to 10 years of imprisonment, a fine of up to $250,000, a period of up to 3 years of supervised release, and a mandatory special assessment fee of $100.00.

This case is being prosecuted as part of the joint federal, state, and local Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) Program, the centerpiece of the Department of Justice’s violent crime reduction efforts. PSN is an evidence-based program proven to be effective at reducing violent crime. Through PSN, a broad spectrum of stakeholders work together to identify the most pressing violent crime problems in the community and develop comprehensive solutions to address them. As part of this strategy, PSN focuses enforcement efforts on the most violent offenders and  partners with locally based prevention and reentry programs for lasting reductions in crime.

U.S. Attorney Evans praised the work of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the New Orleans Police Department. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Inga Petrovich of the Violent Crime Unit of the U.S. Attorney’s Office.