“To the metro Louisville community, we want you to know that the police officers, federal agents, and federal and state prosecutors are working together to fight violent crime in Louisville. It is a determined and unified effort. It is a priority for each of the law enforcement agencies assembled here,” stated U.S. Attorney David J. Hale during the press conference held at the U.S. Attorney’s Louisville Offices.
“There is a strong bond between the Office of United States Attorney and the Office of Commonwealth’s Attorney. Our prosecutors have a great professional working relationship. They understand the state and federal systems and know which system gives us the best opportunity to get dangerous criminals off the streets both quickly and for as long as possible,” stated Thomas Wine, Commonwealth’s Attorney.
“By working together, we are leveraging each others’ strengths to ensure criminals that use firearms are held accountable,” stated Chief Steve Conrad, Louisville Metro Police Department.
ATF Special Agent in Charge Stuart Lowrey said, “Through Project Recoil, ATF, Louisville Metro PD, our federal law enforcement partners, and our federal and state prosecutors are coordinating our efforts to maximize our impact on violent crime in the Louisville Metro area. This violent crime reduction partnership plays an important role in combating violent gun crime. It allows law enforcement to share intelligence and operate with greater unity of effort, stemming the flow of crime guns and investigating and prosecuting the people who illegally possess or use firearms to commit violent crimes.”
“Project Recoil is an excellent example of law enforcement’s commitment to cooperation and collaboration, the most effective weapon against crime,” said Perrye K. Turner, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI in Kentucky.
This successful team approach to prosecuting violent offenders in Louisville began five months ago and has resulted in three federal indictments with four defendants being charged. Each week, prosecutors from the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office, and the County Attorney’s Office meet with officers from LMPD Viper Unit and agents and analysts from the ATF, FBI, and U.S. Marshals Service. They review recent arrest reports from metro Louisville involving illegal firearms and violent crime.
Three cases developed out of Project Recoil include Troy Lamont Gaines, Jr., 22, and Shaundrell Robinson, 33, who were charged in a 22-count federal indictment on April 2, 2013. The defendants have prior felony convictions and were charged with 11 armed robberies between December 5, 2012 and January 3, 2013, in Metro Louisville. During one robbery, a shot was allegedly fired by Gaines during a struggle with a customer. These defendants face a minimum of 25 years for each armed robbery, under federal statutes. Dorris Trice, III, 31, was charged as a multiple convicted felon by a federal grand jury in Louisville on June 19, 2013. The three-count indictment includes possessing a firearm that he allegedly used during the robbery of a food mart on March 3, 2013. Yesterday, a federal grand jury in Louisville returned a four-count indictment against Lavon Crayton, 31, charging him with being a convicted felon in possession of a weapon and possession with the intent to distribute
In conclusion, U.S. Attorney Hale stated, “Project Recoil is one piece of a comprehensive anti-violent crime strategy which emphasizes collaboration among federal, state, and local law enforcement and prosecutorial agencies to more effectively investigate and prosecute violent criminals in Louisville. By working together, and by including all of our community stakeholders in the broad effort to stem violent crime, we will reduce violence and its impact on our city.”
Information provided by Federal Bureau of Investigation
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