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23-Year-Old With 3 Prior Felonies and an Outstanding Warrant Sentenced to 51 Months in Federal Prison for Illegal Possession of a Firearm

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Southern District of Indiana

INDIANAPOLIS – Troy Harris, 23, of Indianapolis, was sentenced to 51 months in federal prison after pleading guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm.

According to court documents, on September 14, 2021, deputies with the U.S. Marshals Service were assisting the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department (IMPD) with executing an arrest warrant for Harris, who had been charged with burglary in Marion County, Indiana. Officers saw Harris exit an apartment near east 16th Street in Indianapolis and leave in a vehicle. Officers stopped the vehicle to arrest Harris. When Harris exited the vehicle, officers saw that he had a firearm sticking out of his waistband. Officers seized the loaded handgun and arrested Harris.

At the time of his arrest, Harris was legally prohibited from possessing firearms due to his prior convictions for auto theft and escape. Following his September 14, 2021, arrest, Harris was convicted of burglary. During the burglary, Harris broke into a victim’s home and threatened to kill the victim and her friend with a gun if they did not perform sexual acts for him.

Zachary A. Myers, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Indiana, and Daryl S. McCormick, Special Agent in Charge of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF), Columbus Field Division, made the announcement.

ATF investigated the case in conjunction with the IMPD. The U.S. Marshals Service provided valuable assistance. The sentence was imposed by U.S. District Judge Jane Magnus-Stinson. As part of the sentence, Judge Stinson ordered that Harris be supervised by the U.S. Probation Office for three years following his release from federal prison.

U.S. Attorney Myers thanked Assistant U.S. Attorney Abhishek S. Kambli who prosecuted this case.

This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and gun violence, and to make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. On May 26, 2021, the Department launched a violent crime reduction strategy strengthening PSN based on these core principles: fostering trust and legitimacy in our communities, supporting community-based organizations that help prevent violence from occurring in the first place, setting focused and strategic enforcement priorities, and measuring the results.

Updated September 27, 2022

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