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Department of Justice
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Western District of Kentucky

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Louisville Man Who Shot At LMPD Officer Pleads Guilty To Federal Crime

Elijah G. Eubanks pleaded guilty on Monday to being a felon in possession of a firearm

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – A Louisville, Kentucky, man has pleaded guilty to the federal crime of being a felon in possession of a firearm, announced United States Attorney Russell Coleman.  

Elijah Eubanks, age 21, was charged by a Louisville federal Grand Jury on July 24, 2018, in a single count Indictment of being a felon in possession of a Ruger .357 caliber revolver.  Eubanks pleaded guilty to the Indictment yesterday in U.S. District Court.

The federal charge stemmed from a shooting involving a Louisville Metropolitan Police Officer on March 31, 2018.  Eubanks fired at an officer who attempted to question him while he was in a vehicle with another person.  Jefferson County Commonwealth Attorney Tom Wine’s Office previously convicted Eubanks of attempted murder for this incident. 

At the time of the March 31st shooting, Eubanks had previously pleaded guilty to one count of Wanton Endangerment I, and one count of Criminal Mischief I, in Jefferson Circuit Court on November 2016, as part of a pre-trial diversion agreement.  He was prohibited from possessing a firearm because of his guilty plea.

“Shoot a peace officer, shoot at a peace officer, and the United States Attorney’s Office will seek to send you to federal prison for as long as the law allows,” said U.S. Attorney Russell Coleman. 

Eubanks is scheduled for sentencing on November 1, 2019, at 10 a.m., before United States District Court Judge David J. Hale.

The maximum sentence for unlawfully possessing a firearm is no more than ten years in federal prison, a $250,000 fine, and three years of supervised release. There is no parole in the federal system.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Amanda Gregory and it was investigated by the Louisville Metro Police Department (LMPD) and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF).

 

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Updated September 18, 2019