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Federal Grand Jury Indicts Louisville Felon for Illegally Possessing a Firearm

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

Federal Grand Jury Indicts Louisville Felon for Illegally Possessing a Firearm

Louisville, KY – A federal grand jury in Louisville returned an indictment on February 6, 2024, charging a Louisville 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 R. Shawn Morrow of the ATF Louisville Field Division, and Chief Jacquelyn Gwinn-Villaroel of the Louisville Metro Police Department made the announcement.

According to the indictment, Eric Nyandwi, 24, was charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. On January 10, 2024, Nyandwi possessed a Sig Sauer, Model P239, .40 caliber pistol, and ammunition. Nyandwi was prohibited from possessing a firearm because he had previously been convicted of the following felony offenses.

On June 7, 2018, in Jefferson Circuit Court, Nyandwi was convicted of robbery in the second degree, complicity to receiving stolen property (firearm), and complicity to tampering with physical evidence.

The defendant made his initial court appearance this week before a U.S. Magistrate Judge of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Kentucky. The Court ordered the defendant detained pending trial. If convicted, he 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.   

This case is being investigated by the ATF with assistance from the Louisville Metro Police Department. 

Assistant U.S. Attorney Erwin Roberts is prosecuting the case.

This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and gun violence, and to make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. On May 26, 2021, the Department launched a violent crime reduction strategy strengthening PSN based on these core principles: fostering trust and legitimacy in our communities, supporting community-based organizations that help prevent violence from occurring in the first place, setting focused and strategic enforcement priorities, and measuring the results.       

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


Updated March 8, 2024