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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, November 18, 2022

Federal Jury Convicts Louisville Man of Firearms Offenses

Louisville, KY – Yesterday, a federal jury convicted a local man of two counts of being a convicted felon in possession of firearms and one count of receiving a firearm while under felony indictment.

U.S. Attorney Michael A. Bennett of the Western District of Kentucky, Special Agent in Charge Jodi Cohen of the FBI Louisville Field Office, Special Agent in Charge R. Shawn Morrow of the ATF Louisville Field Division, and Chief Erika Shields of the Louisville Metro Police Department made the announcement.

According to court documents and evidence presented at trial, Antonio D. Williamson¸ 35, of Louisville, received a CZ-USA Scorpion Evo 3 9mm handgun in February 2020 from an individual. On May 22, 2021, Williamson was in possession of this handgun, and he was captured on surveillance video at a local restaurant drive-thru pointing it at another person while he was driving a stolen vehicle. In September 2021 law enforcement executed a search warrant at Williamson’s residence where they located and seized additional ammunition and firearms, including a Romarm/Cugir, 7.62 caliber rifle, an American Tactical M1911, .45 caliber pistol, and an Eagle Arms, 5.56 caliber rifle. Williamson had previously been convicted of two felony burglary charges in Jefferson Circuit Court in December 2008. He was also under indictment beginning in 2019 in Jefferson Circuit Court on multiple felony charges, including being a persistent felony offender. Williamson was released on bond for the 2019 indictment when he received the 9mm handgun in February 2020.

Sentencing for Williamson is scheduled for March 14, 2023, at 10:00 a.m., before a U.S. District Court Judge for the Western District of Kentucky. Williamson remains in custody pending sentencing. Williamson faces a combined maximum sentence of thirty years in prison. There is no parole in the federal system.

This case was investigated by the FBI, the ATF, and the Louisville Metro Police Department.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Joshua Judd and Assistant U.S. Attorney Christopher Tieke prosecuted the case with the assistance of paralegal Shalonte Branham.

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.

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Updated November 18, 2022