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Successful Prosecutions Of Known Felons In Possession of Firearms

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 24, 2012

PADUCAH, KY – David J. Hale, the United States Attorney for the Western District of Kentucky, today announces the recent, successful prosecutions in U.S. District Court in Paducah, of known felons in possession of firearms. Senior U.S. Judge Thomas B. Russell presided over the following cases that were investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives in partnership with local and state law enforcement in an ongoing effort to reduce violent crime and other threats to public safety.

Larico DeWayne Gaddie, age 31, of Paducah, Kentucky was sentenced to 37 months in prison followed by three years of supervised after pleading guilty to a single count of felon in possession of a handgun. According to court records, on June 25, 2010 in McCracken County, Kentucky, Gaddie knowingly possessed a firearm and at the time was a convicted felon. The firearm had traveled in interstate commerce and was a Smith and Wesson .22 LR caliber pistol, and one magazine. This case was investigated by the Paducah Police Department, Kentucky State Police and ATF. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney G. David Sparks.

Tyris Murphy, age 27, of Mayfield Kentucky, was sentenced to 21 months in prison, followed by two years of supervised release after pleading guilty to a one count indictment charging him with knowingly possessing a firearm and ammunition by a convicted felon. According to the indictment, on March 8, 2010, in Graves County, Kentucky, Murphy knowingly possessed a firearm, a Vulcan, Model V10-9, 9mm caliber pistol with one magazine and at the time was a convicted felon. This case was investigated by the Paducah Police Department, Kentucky State Police and ATF, and it was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney G. David Sparks.

Clinton Shane Borders, age 32, of Paducah, Kentucky, pled guilty to a single count indictment charging him with a felon in possession of firearms. According to the plea agreement, on November 10, 2010 a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Officer allegedly found two shotguns, one with an empty shell in the chamber, in the trunk of Borders’ car. The officer was following up on a complaint of individuals firing shots from the roadway near the Clark’s River National Wildlife Refuge. Borders was located in the driver’s seat of the vehicle matching the description and was found in the parking lot on Refuge property. Borders faces a maximum term of ten years in prison, a maximum fine of $250,000 and a three year term of supervised release. This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Thomas W. Dyke.

Daniel Julian LaPorte pled guilty to a two count federal indictment charging him with possession of firearms by a convicted felon. According to the plea agreement, on November 18, 2008, LaPorte possessed a firearm when he sold a Savage, model 111, .270 caliber rifle, to an agent of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF). On November 25, 2008, the defendant possessed a firearm when he sold a Glock, model 21, .45 caliber pistol to an agent of the ATF. At the time, LaPorte was a convicted felon based upon his conviction in Christian Circuit Court for trafficking in a controlled substance in the first degree. LaPorte is scheduled to be sentenced June 11, 2012, at 12 pm in U.S. District Court, Paducah, before Senior Judge Thomas B. Russell. This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney, Larry E. Fentress and was investigated by ATF and the Hopkinsville Police Department.

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