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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Western District of Kentucky

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, May 18, 2022

Federal Grand Jury Indicts Louisville Man on Additional Carjacking Charges

Louisville, KY – A federal grand jury in Louisville, returned a superseding indictment today charging a local man with additional carjacking and firearms charges. 

According to court documents, on October 26, 2021, Eder Mayorga-Sanchez, 19, carjacked a vehicle in Louisville, and during the carjacking, shot and caused serious bodily injury to a minor, C.A.  On October 30, 2021, and November 4, 2021, he committed three additional carjackings while brandishing a firearm.  Thereafter, on November 8, 2021, he robbed The Home Depot on Preston Highway and a Valero convenience store on Terry Road, while brandishing a firearm.  He is also charged with Assault 1st in Warren County, Kentucky, Circuit Court for a shooting that occurred there during the same time period.

Mayorga-Sanchez will be arraigned in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Kentucky on May 19, 2022.  Mayorga-Sanchez was previously indicted on one count of carjacking resulting in serious bodily injury, two counts of interference with commerce by robbery, one count of discharge of a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence, and two counts of brandishing a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence.  As a result of the superseding indictment, he now faces three additional carjacking counts and three additional counts of brandishing a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence.

If convicted of carjacking resulting in serious bodily injury, Mayorga-Sanchez faces a maximum penalty of 25 years in prison.  If convicted of carjacking, he faces a maximum penalty of 15 years in prison.  If convicted of interference with commerce by robbery, he faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison.  If convicted of discharge of a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence, he faces a mandatory minimum penalty of 10 years in prison, to run consecutively with all other penalties.  If convicted of brandishing a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence, he faces a mandatory minimum penalty of 7 years in prison for each count of conviction, to run consecutively with all other penalties.  There is no parole in the federal system. A federal district court judge will determine any sentence after considering the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.

The superseding indictment was announced by Michael A. Bennett, United States Attorney for the Western District of Kentucky. 

The charges were the result of a joint federal and local initiative to investigate and prosecute carjackings in Louisville.  The initiative includes the United States Attorney’s Office, the Jefferson County Office of the Commonwealth’s Attorney, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Louisville Metropolitan Police Department, and Homeland Security Investigations.  The Bowling Green Police Department also assisted in this matter.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Ann Marie Blaylock is prosecuting the case.

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

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Updated May 18, 2022