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Louisville Felon Sentenced To 15 Years In Prison For Being An Armed Career Criminal, Possession Of Controlled Substances And Possession Of A Firearm

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

Federal Prosecution resulted from “Project Recoil”


LOUISVILLE, Ky. – United States Attorney Russell M. Coleman today announced the recent  sentencing of a Louisville felon, as an Armed Career Criminal, in United States District Court, by District Judge Greg N. Stivers, to 180 months in prison, for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and possession of controlled substance.


Tommy M. Slaughter, 26, was convicted by a federal jury in Louisville, on June 28, 2017,  of felon in possession of a firearm, and two lesser counts of possession of controlled substances including heroin and cocaine.


According to information presented during the three-day trail, while patrolling Portland in West Louisville, Louisville Metro Police officers witnessed a hand to hand drug transaction. At the time police recovered drugs, more than $100, and a loaded handgun in defendant Slaughter’s pants pocket.


Slaughter has a lengthy arrest record in Jefferson County and the federal prosecution stemmed from “Project Recoil,” the on-going partnership of multiple Jefferson County, Kentucky law enforcement agencies to maximize penalties for the most violent offenders and to reduce violent crime in our community.


Slaughter’s juvenile convictions begin at age 9 and included violent criminal acts. Adult convictions included possession of loaded concealed firearms, possession of controlled substances, assaults in which he attempted to strangle one victim and stomped on the face of a second victim. Further, Slaughter has prior convictions in Jefferson County Circuit Court for Burglary 2d: that being a single count of Burglary 2d on December 24, 2009 and eight counts of Burglary 2d on May 17, 2010.


This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Randy Ream and was investigated by the Louisville Metro Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF).

Updated October 2, 2017

Firearms Offenses