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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Southern District of Indiana

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Two men sentenced in federal court for firearms charges

Both were convicted felons who had no legal right to possess guns

Evansville – Josh J. Minkler, the United States Attorney, announced today that two men were sentenced in federal court by U.S. District Chief Judge Richard L. Young for firearms charges.

“This office remains committed to keeping our neighborhoods safe by taking violent felons off our streets,” said Minkler.  “Those individuals who choose to carry illegal firearms and live a life of crime should plan to spend a great deal of time in federal prison.”

Danyon Dowlen, 28, Clarksville, TN, was arrested in March 2013, on South Morton Street in Evansville on an outstanding warrant for murder from Clarksville, Tennessee.  Federal, state and local law enforcement found Dowlen in a residence and when they knocked, he ran to the rear of the house.  When the residence was cleared, officers found a fully loaded 9mm handgun in the house which belonged to Dowlen.  He had multiple felony convictions from Montgomery County, Tennessee, which include aggravated assault, escape and several narcotics charges.  Dowlen was sentenced to 10 years in prison.

Terronta Booker, 27, Evansville, was sentenced to 41 months after his conviction in May 2015, for being a felon in possession of a firearm.  In September 2014, Booker was shot by an Evansville Police Officer after he was seen exchanging gunfire with another individual on South Kentucky Street.  Booker threw a .380 caliber handgun down as officers pursued him.  It was recovered a short time later.  Booker has a felony conviction for armed robbery and criminal confinement from Vanderburgh County in 2010.

According to Assistant U.S. Attorney Lauren Wheatley who prosecuted this case for the government, Dowlen must serve five years of supervised release after serving their sentences; Booker must serve three.

Updated August 5, 2015