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Cut off man gets 17 years on weapons charges

Cut off man gets 17 years on weapons charges

A 37-year-old Lafourche Parish man convicted on weapons charges was sentenced to 17 years in prison, prosecutors said last week.

Following three days of testimony, a 12-member jury found Cut Off resident Jason Orgeron guilty on April 22 of possession of a firearm or carrying a concealed weapon as a convicted felon and possession of a stolen firearm.

Last week District Judge Steven Miller handed down the 17-year sentence.

Orgeron was arrested Oct. 31, 2017, in connection to a home burglary, prosecutors said.

Deputies learned several stolen firearms from a Galliano burglary were in Orgeron’s possession, the Lafourche Sheriff’s Office said. When deputies got a search warrant for Orgeron’s home on West 42nd Street they found Orgeron hiding in an attic and arrested him.

Police found a stolen pistol inside a breadbox in the kitchen and two shotguns and three rifles in the backseat of a pickup truck outside the home, prosecutors said. Orgeron was booked at the Lafourche jail. Because he had been convicted of at least seven felonies in the past, he is not allowed to possess firearms, authorities said.

Orgeron’s Houma attorney Wilbert Billiot contended his client didn’t know about the weapons, which could have belonged to someone else because multiple people stayed at the home. He also criticized the reliability of the witness testimony.

The truck containing the firearms belonged to a neighbor, and Orgeron’s fingerprints were never found on any of the guns because they were returned to the owner instead of being tested by a crime lab, Billiot said.

Prosecutors said they were satisfied with the outcome of the case.

“Mr. Orgeron has had plenty of opportunities to reform his behavior,” said Assistant District Attorney Ben Caillouet, who prosecuted the case. “Now, he’ll have plenty of time to sit and think about his life decisions and hopefully make some positive changes.”

 

-- Daily Comet Staff Writer Dan Copp can be reached at 448-7639 or at dan.copp@houmatoday.com. Follow him on Twitter @DanVCopp.