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Hart County Man Sentenced to Over 4 Years in Federal Prison for Being a Felon in Possession of a Firearm

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

Bowling Green, KY – A Hart County, Kentucky, man was sentenced yesterday to 4 years and 9 months in federal prison for illegally possessing a firearm after having previously been convicted of a felony offense.   

U.S. Attorney Michael A. Bennett of the Western District of Kentucky and Special Agent in Charge R. Shawn Morrow of the ATF Louisville Field Division made the announcement.

According to court documents, Lawrence T. Carter, Jr., 50, of Munfordville, Kentucky, was sentenced to 4 years and 9 months in prison, followed by 3 years of supervised release, for illegally possessing a Sig Sauer P365 9mm handgun, and ammunition, on August 16, 2022. Carter was prohibited from possessing a firearm because he had previously been convicted of the following felony offenses.

On March 2, 2005, in the United States District Court for the Western District of Kentucky, Carter was convicted of attempt to manufacture methamphetamine, felon in possession of a firearm, and possession of an unregistered shotgun less than 26 inches in length.

There is no parole in the federal system.

This case was investigated by the ATF with assistance from the Cave City Police Department.

Assistant U.S. Attorneys Mark J. Yurchisin II and R. Nicholas Rabold, of the U.S. Attorney’s Bowling Green Branch Office, prosecuted 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.


Updated January 18, 2024