Louisville Man Charged With Transporting Minors Across State Lines With Intent to Engage in Criminal Sexual Activity
Louisville, KY – A local man was sentenced Monday in the United States District Court for the Western District of Kentucky for his involvement in a string of carjackings and firearms offenses that occurred in Louisville in October and November 2021.
U.S. Attorney Michael A. Bennett of the Western District of Kentucky, Special Agent in Charge Jodi Cohen of the FBI Louisville Field Office, and Chief Jacquelyn Gwinn-Villaroel of the Louisville Metro Police Department made the announcement.
Eder Mayorga-Sanchez, 20, was sentenced to 32 years and 1 month in federal prison, followed by five years of supervised release, for carjacking resulting in serious bodily injury, discharging a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence, three additional counts of carjacking, and two counts of brandishing a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence.
There is no parole in the federal system.
According to court documents, on October 26, 2021, Mayorga-Sanchez forced a victim to give him her vehicle at gunpoint while she was sitting in the vehicle at a traffic light on National Turnpike in Louisville. During this incident, Mayorga-Sanchez shot and injured the victim’s 16-year-old child. Additionally, on October 30, 2021, he attempted to force another victim to give him her vehicle at gunpoint while she was sitting in her vehicle outside Zappo’s in Louisville, but the victim was able to drive off. Further, on November 4, 2021, he forced a third victim to give him her vehicle at gunpoint, while the victim was sitting in her car eating her lunch in a Burger King parking lot in Louisville. Finally, on November 4, 2021, he forced two more victims to give him their vehicle at gunpoint while they were picking up trash as part of a concierge trash business.
The case was investigated by the FBI and LMPD with assistance from the Bowling Green Police Department.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Frank Dahl 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.