BATON ROUGE, LA — United States Attorney Donald J. Cazayoux, Jr. announced yesterday that U.S. District Court Chief Judge Brian A. Jackson sentenced Michael W. Young, age 27, of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, to a term of imprisonment of 180 months and five years supervised release after imprisonment. Young was sentenced pursuant to the Armed Career Criminal Act due to his extensive criminal history involving crimes of violence and drug distribution. Young had previously pled guilty to one count of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and one count of possession with the intent to distribute marijuana.
On September 27, 2011, Deputy United States Marshals arrived at Young’s residence on Ontario Street in Baton Rouge, Louisiana while searching for a fugitive. When Deputy Marshals entered Young’s residence they discovered a loaded high-capacity SKS rifle, a .9mm handgun, a military-style flak jacket, and a large amount of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. Detectives from the Baton Rouge Police Narcotics Division and Special Agents with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives responded to the scene and initiated a joint investigation.
United States Attorney Cazayoux stated, “The Department of Justice is committed to the investigation and prosecution of individuals who pose an extremely high risk to our society when they illegally possess firearms. The Armed Career Criminal Act allows us to hold these dangerous criminals accountable. This successful prosecution would not have happened without the diligent and coordinated effort of the United States Marshals Service, the Baton Rouge Police, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives.”
This matter was investigated by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Louisiana, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, the Baton Rouge Police Department, and the United States Marshals Service. The matter was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Chris Dippel