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Federal Grand Jury Indicts Louisville Man for Bank Robbery and Possession of a Firearm by Convicted Felon

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

Louisville, KY – A federal grand jury in Louisville, Kentucky, returned a five-count indictment on November 21, 2023, charging a Louisville man with three bank robberies, possession of a firearm during a bank robbery, and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.   

U.S. Attorney Michael A. Bennett of the Western District of Kentucky, Special Agent in Charge Michael E. Stansbury of the FBI Louisville Field Office, Special Agent in Charge Rana Saoud of the Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Nashville, and Chief Jacquelyn Gwinn-Villaroel of the Louisville Metro Police Department made the announcement.

According to the indictment, Corey D. Ware, 28, was charged with three bank robberies, possession of a firearm during a bank robbery, and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.   On September 16, 2022, Ware robbed two banks in Jefferson County. On September 22, 2022, Ware possessed a firearm and robbed another bank in Jefferson County. Ware possessed the firearm after having previously been convicted of the following felony offenses. On December 20, 2017, in Jefferson Circuit Court, Ware, was convicted of trafficking in a controlled substance, first degree (three counts), trafficking in a controlled substance, second degree, and trafficking in marijuana with a firearm.

The defendant made his initial court appearance yesterday, before a U.S. Magistrate Judge of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Kentucky. Ware remains in federal custody pending trial. If convicted, he faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 5 years and a maximum sentence of 80 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 LMPD, FBI, and HSI with assistance from the ATF.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Mac Shannon is prosecuting this 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 December 21, 2023