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Indianapolis Man Sentenced to 20 Years in Federal Prison for Trafficking Methamphetamine and Firearm Offense

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

INDIANAPOLIS – Richard Hornsby, 39, of Indianapolis, was sentenced to 20 years in federal prison after pleading guilty to possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine and carrying a firearm during and in relation to a drug trafficking crime. 

According to court documents, on December 9, 2020, troopers with the Indiana State Police stopped Hornsby for driving with an expired license plate. Troopers learned that Hornsby was also driving with an expired license and had a handgun in the car. After further investigation, troopers located approximately 175 grams of methamphetamine in the center console and an additional pistol. Hornsby admitted to possessing the methamphetamine, that he intended to sell it, and that he often carries a firearm during times where he will purchase methamphetamine for resale.

Zachary A. Myers, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Indiana; Michael Gannon, Assistant Special Agent in Charge of the DEA’s Indianapolis Field Office; and Doug Carter, Superintendent of the Indiana State Police made the announcement.

DEA and the Indiana State Police investigated the case. The sentence was imposed by U.S. District Judge James Patrick Hanlon. As part of the sentence, Judge Hanlon ordered that Hornsby be supervised by the U.S. Probation Office for five years following his release from federal prison.

U.S. Attorney Myers thanked Assistant U.S. Attorney Jayson W. McGrath who prosecuted this case.

Updated July 8, 2022

Drug Trafficking
Firearms Offenses