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Federal Grand Jury Indicts Bullitt County Man for Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Western District of Kentucky

Louisville, KY – A federal grand jury returned an indictment on August 1, 2023, charging a Bullitt County man with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.  

U.S. Attorney Michael A. Bennett of the Western District of Kentucky, Special Agent in Charge Jodi Cohen of the FBI Louisville Field Office, and Colonel Marcus Laytham, Chief of the Mt. Washington Police Department, made the announcement. 

According to the indictment, James Nott, 39, of Mt. Washington, Kentucky, was charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. On July 11, 2023, Nott possessed an AK-type 7.62 mm rifle, a Charter Arms .38 special revolver, and ammunition. Nott was prohibited from possessing a firearm because he had previously been convicted of the following felony offenses. On November 11, 2011, in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Kentucky, Nott was convicted of possession of an unregistered destructive device and possession of a firearm by an unlawful user of marijuana.

The felon in possession of a firearm offense charged in today’s indictment, arose from a federal search warrant executed at Nott’s residence in connection with a search for firearms and trafficked human remains. Nott previously made his initial appearance before a U.S.  Magistrate Judge in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Kentucky, and he was ordered detained pending trial. Nott is scheduled for arraignment on August 4, 2023.

If convicted, Nott faces a maximum sentence of 15 years in prison. A federal district court judge will determine any sentence after considering the sentencing guidelines and other statutory factors. There is no parole in the federal system.

The FBI and the Mt. Washington Police Department are investigating the case.

Assistant United States Attorneys Christopher Tieke and Stephanie Zimdahl are prosecuting the case.

An indictment is merely an allegation. All defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.


Updated August 1, 2023