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Violent Evansville Felon Sentenced to Over Eight Years in Federal Prison After Threatening a Neighbor with the Gun he Illegally Possessed

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

EVANSVILLE- Christopher Scott Poodry, 33, of Evansville, has been sentenced to eight years in federal prison, followed by three years of supervised release, after pleading guilty to possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

According to court documents, on June 5, 2023, Poodry got into an argument with a neighbor outside of his residence in Evansville. During the argument, Poodry went inside his home and retrieved a rifle. He pointed the rifle and threatened the neighbor, who called 911. Poodry hid the rifle in the tile ceiling his bed before police arrived. Police later searched the residence and located Poodry’s rifle and more than 71 rounds of ammunition.

Poodry is prohibited from legally possessing a firearm because of his multiple prior felony convictions in Warrick County, including dealing methamphetamine and battery against a public safety official.

“This defendant’s actions underscore the risk that violent, illegally armed criminals pose to our communities,” said Zachary A. Myers, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Indiana. “Far too many routine disputes escalate into deadly violence when guns are in the hands of folks who have no legal business having them. Working alongside our partners in the Evansville Police Department, Vanderburgh County Prosecutor’s Office, and ATF, we will continue to make Evansville safer by removing dangerous, armed criminals from our neighborhoods.”

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Evansville Police Department, and Vanderburgh County Prosecutors Office investigated this case. The sentence was imposed by U.S. District Court Judge Richard L. Young.

U.S. Attorney Myers thanked Assistant United States Attorney Todd S. Shellenbarger, who prosecuted this case.


Updated June 24, 2024

Firearms Offenses
Violent Crime