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Armed, Violent Felon Sentenced to Over 10 Years in Federal Prison for Trafficking Guns, Crack, and Meth out of Anderson Home

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

INDIANAPOLIS- Richard Hatchett, 46, of Anderson, has been sentenced to 130 months in federal prison, followed by four years of supervised release, after pleading guilty to unlawful possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, distribution of cocaine, distribution of methamphetamine, and carrying a firearm in relation to a drug trafficking crime.

According to court documents, on three occasions in January 2023, Hatchett sold cocaine to individuals out of his home in Anderson, a total of approximately 9.8 grams of cocaine base, also known as “crack cocaine.” During two of those drug deals, Hatchett also sold the buyer two 9mm semiautomatic handguns. One of the firearms sold by Hatchett had been previously stolen. On the third occasion, Hatchett carried a Glock 9mm handgun in his waist band.

On January 30, 2023, Hatchett sold 14.92 grams of pure methamphetamine to an individual at his home.

On February 14, 2023, ATF agents executed a search warrant at Hatchett’s home and located two guns, high-capacity magazines, micro conversion kits, ammunition, crack cocaine, a digital scale, US currency, and other drug paraphernalia.

Hatchett has sustained previous felony convictions for crimes including murder and burglary in Illinois. Hatchett committed the murder when he was just fifteen years old and has spent the vast majority of his life in prison, on probation, or on parole. His felony convictions prohibit him from ever legally possessing a firearm under state and federal law.

“Even after serving a sentence for murder, this defendant has shown his utter unwillingness to abide by the law. Violent, armed drug traffickers are a menace to our community, and must be held accountable,” said Zachary A. Myers, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Indiana. “Our office is committed to working closely with our partners at the ATF, Anderson Police, and throughout federal, state, and local law enforcement, to make our communities safer by investigating and prosecuting repeat, violent criminals. Thanks to their efforts, the public will be safe from further crimes by this man for many years.”

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, assisted by the Anderson Police Department, investigated this case. The sentence was imposed by U.S. District Court Judge James R. Sweeney.

U.S. Attorney Myers thanked Assistant United States Attorney Patrick Gibson, who prosecuted this case.


Updated May 29, 2024

Drug Trafficking
Firearms Offenses