Jury finds man guilty in theft, sale of guns
BATON ROUGE - A 45-year-old man accused of stealing and selling more than 30 weapons has been found guilty by a federal jury.
U.S. Attorney Walt Green Jr. said in a news release Friday that Joseph Melancon faces up to life in prison and a $750,000 fine for his conviction Thursday for conspiring to steal firearms, possessing and selling stolen firearms, and possessing firearms by a convicted felon and stealing from a licensed federal firearms dealer.
A sentencing date has not been set.
Green says Melancon and another man robbed Hunter's Run Gun Club in Port Allen on April 13, 2012, and stole more than 30 firearms. He says Melancon, a convicted felon, had worked for the gun club and used his knowledge of the business to avoid security measures.