Terrebonne Parish Man Sentenced for Possessing Machinegun

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NEW ORLEANS, LA – U.S. Attorney Duane A. Evans announced today that KENDALL PARKER, Jr., age 28, a resident of Houma, Louisiana, was sentenced on February 16, 2022 to thirty (30) months of imprisonment for possessing a machinegun in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Sections 922(o) and 924(a)(2).

Court documents show the machinegun PARKER possessed was found during a search of his residence by state law enforcement officers investigating the distribution of controlled substances on April 16, 2020. The firearm PARKER possessed is a modified Glock model 17, nine-millimeter handgun. The manufacturer’s back-slide plate had been removed and replaced with an “A.F.S.” brand aftermarket back slide plate, also known as a “Glock switch.” This modification converted the firearm from a semi-automatic pistol to a fully automatic machinegun.

This case was 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 Homeland Security Investigations and the Terrebonne Parish Sheriff’s Office in investigating this matter. Assistant United States Attorney Charles D. Strauss prosecuted the case.

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