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Press Release

Louisville Man Sentenced to 30 Years in Federal Prison for Murdering a Man During a Carjacking

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

Louisville, KY – Yesterday, a local man was sentenced to federal prison for a carjacking that resulted in death. He was also sentenced for the use, possession, and discharge of a firearm during, and in relation to, a crime of violence, resulting in murder.

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, and Chief Jacquelyn Gwinn-Villaroel of the Louisville Metro Police Department made the announcement.

According to court documents, Ashton Clay Nally, 23, of Louisville was sentenced to 30 years in prison, followed by a 5-year term of supervised release, for carjacking resulting in death, and the use, possession, and discharge of a firearm during, and in relation to, a crime of violence, resulting in murder. These charges stem from a carjacking resulting in the death of the victim that occurred on November 23, 2020, at 2135 Crittenden Drive in Louisville.

There is no parole in the federal system.

“I commend the FBI Louisville Field Office, LMPD, and the prosecutors for their work in this case,” stated U.S. Attorney Bennett. “Fighting violent crime remains a high priority of this office and together with our federal, state, and local law enforcement partners we will continue to actively investigate and aggressively prosecute those who commit violence and place the safety of our citizens at risk.”  

“This sentence should serve as a stark warning to the citizens of the Commonwealth of Kentucky who choose to commit armed carjackings and other senseless acts of violence. The FBI and our law enforcement partners will not stand for violent offenders who recklessly terrorize innocent lives,” said Special Agent in Charge Stansbury. “In partnership with the Louisville Violent Crime Task Force, FBI Louisville will continue to work tirelessly to ensure violent criminals are removed from our streets.”

The FBI Louisville Field Office and LMPD investigated the case.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Alicia P. Gomez and Mac Shannon.

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 November 7, 2023