Louisville, KY – Four men were sentenced in the United States District Court for the Western District of Kentucky for their roles in Louisville area carjackings.
U.S. Attorney Michael A. Bennett of the Western District of Kentucky, Chief Jacquelyn Gwinn-Villaroel of the Louisville Metro Police Department, Special Agent in Charge Jodi Cohen of the FBI Louisville Field Office, and Special Agent in Charge Rana Saoud of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Nashville made the announcement.
On February 28, 2023, Timothy McCurley, 34, of Louisville, Kentucky, was sentenced to 8 years in prison for his role in a January 22, 2021, carjacking of a victim in the parking lot of her workplace in Mt. Washington, Kentucky, at 7:30 a.m. McCurley, who is serving a state sentence on unrelated charges, previously pled guilty to one count of carjacking and one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm. McCurley’s 8-year sentence was ordered to be served consecutive to previously imposed state court sentences. He was also sentenced to a three-year term of supervised release which will commence after he completes his federal sentence.
On October 12, 2022, McCurley’s co-defendant, Cameron Burnett, 31, of Louisville was sentenced to 15 years in prison followed by a five-year term of supervised release. Burnett previously pled guilty to two counts of carjacking and one count of brandishing a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence. Burnett’s sentence included the carjacking with McCurley and his separate role in a carjacking that was committed on January 18, 2021. During this carjacking, Burnett approached the victim at her place of employment in Louisville at 7:20 a.m., pointed a gun at her face, said he would shoot her if he had to, and drove away in her vehicle after she gave him her purse and keys.
On March 16, 2023, Jalyn Redd, 24, and Dayveon Willock, 19, both of Elizabethtown, Kentucky, were sentenced for their roles in the carjacking and robbery of a Domino’s delivery driver on December 22, 2021, in Louisville, Kentucky.
Both Redd and Willock were each sentenced to 4 years in prison followed by three years of supervised release. Both had had previously entered guilty pleas to one count of carjacking and one count of interference with commerce by robbery.
According to court documents and statements made in court, Redd and Willock lured a Domino’s pizza delivery driver to the location of the carjacking by placing an online order for a pizza. When the homeowner rejected the pizza, Willock, who had parked with Redd nearby, approached the victim, pointed a 9 mm semi-automatic firearm at the victim, demanded the victim’s keys, and drove away in the victim’s car. The car was located by law enforcement officials approximately a month later being used by Willock.
There is no parole in the federal system.
“We will continue to identify, arrest, and prosecute those associated with violent carjackings,” stated U.S. Attorney Bennett. “Working with our federal and local law enforcement agencies, and in partnership with Jefferson County Commonwealth’s Attorney Tom Wine, this office will continue to seek justice for victims put in harm’s way by those who engage in such violent criminal behavior.”
“These cases are examples of our federal campaign to crack down on carjacking,” stated FBI Special Agent in Charge Cohen. “Armed carjacking poses an unacceptable danger to public safety and creates a climate of fear for residents in our community. Frankly, everyone in the Commonwealth deserves the right to go about their daily lives without fear of falling victim to violent crime. These sentences show that the FBI, in coordination with our law enforcement partners at every level, will aggressively pursue violent criminals who attempt to prey on our community.”
“These four young individuals committed violent crimes, callously putting multiple lives within our communities at risk,” stated HSI Nashville Special Agent in Charge Saoud. “HSI is committed to working with its law enforcement partners to investigate and bring these violent offenders to account for the harm they cause to victims.”
The carjackings were investigated by LMPD, FBI, and HSI, with assistance from the Greater Hardin County Drug Task Force and the Elizabethtown Police Department.
The cases were prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Marisa J. Ford and Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Emily Lantz of the Jefferson County Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office.