A Lafayette man was sentenced to 15 years in federal prison Thursday in the theft of more than 30 firearms, including rifles and shotguns, from a Port Allen gun club in 2012 and selling them.
Joseph D. Melancon, 45, who had previously worked at Hunter’s Run Gun Club, also was ordered by U.S. District Judge Shelly Dick to pay more than $42,000 in restitution.
Melancon’s attorney, Marci Blaize, said a drug addiction fueled his stealing and selling of the guns.
Melancon was convicted in June on charges of conspiracy, stealing from a licensed firearms dealer and possessing firearms as a convicted felon.
Melancon and Dustin Ray, 31, of New Iberia, burglarized Hunter’s Run on April 13, 2012, and stole more than 30 guns, U.S. Attorney Walt Green has said. Melancon, with the help of Jeremy J. Smothers, 32, also of New Iberia, sold guns stolen from the club to others.
Ray and Smothers are serving four-year prison terms.