A second man pleaded guilty Wednesday to federal firearms charges in the theft of 76 guns from two Baton Rouge gun stores last summer.
Geno Eugene Lyons’ guilty plea before U.S. District Judge James Brady came seven weeks after another Baton Rouge man, Charles Kieran Evans, pleaded guilty in front of U.S. District Judge Shelly Dick.
Neither Lyons, 24, nor Evans, 20, has a sentencing date.
Both men pleaded guilty to one count of stealing firearms from a licensed federal firearms dealer and another count of conspiracy to steal firearms, to possess and sell stolen firearms and to receive and possess unregistered machine guns and silencers.
Each man faces up to 15 years in prison and fines totaling $500,000.
A federal grand jury had accused Lyons and Evans of stealing 32 guns from Bowie Outfitters on Perkins Road during an early morning June 9 burglary and another 44 guns from Meaux Guns and Ammo, formerly called Red Jacket Firearms, on Mammoth Avenue on July 6.
Lyons and Evans turned off several electronic circuit breakers and forced their way into Bowie Outfitters through a roll-down security door at the front of the business, according to a factual basis read into the court record Wednesday. The men broke into Meaux Guns through the west side of the building by cutting through the metal wall under a window air-conditioning unit, the documents state.
The conspiracy charge also accused the two men of trying to steal guns from Hebert’s Guns in Prairieville on July 5.
Some of the stolen guns have been recovered, police said.