U.S. Department of Justice
United States Attorney
Southern District of Indiana
Southern District of Indiana
For Immediate Release
July 17, 2012
Joseph H. Hogsett, United States Attorney
Contact: Tim Horty
U.S. Attorney's Violent Crime Initiative Produces More Marion County Results
INDIANAPOLIS– Announced by United States Attorney Joseph H. Hogsett in March of 2011, the VCI represents a district-wide strategy to work with local law enforcement and county prosecutors to combat drug traffickers and criminals that use and carry firearms in their illegal activities. As part of the VCI, the U.S. Attorney's Office has redoubled efforts to federally prosecute individuals who illegally possess and distribute firearms in central and southern Indiana.
"Two years ago, the U.S. Attorney's Office was prosecuting just one illegally-armed felon a month," Hogsett said. "Last year under our VCI, we increased that number to nearly ten prosecutions a month. And today, we announce more results in this ongoing effort to combat violent crime here in Indianapolis and across the state."
In the first nine months of the initiative, the VCI produced a dramatic increase in the number of gun-related charges brought federally from just 14 felony possession charges in 2010 to more than 110 last year. More than half of those new prosecutions were in Marion County, and the criminal histories of the defendants charged account for hundreds of prior felonies in the Indianapolis area.
Already in 2012, 54 felon in possession of a firearm charges have been filed as part of the Violent Crime Initiative, of which 29 were of defendants in Marion County, putting the office on pace to meet or exceed last year's total.
Those charged by indictment include the following defendants:
- Marcus Perry, age 33, of Indianapolis felon in possession of a firearm. It is alleged that on March 27, 2012, Perry was found by Marion County law enforcement to be in possession of a Kahr .40 caliber pistol. Perry is not legally entitled to possess a firearm due to past felony convictions in Marion County for a variety of offenses, including robbery (July 2006), battery (September 2004), and criminal recklessness (July 1999).
- Travis Davis, age 46, of Indianapolis two counts of felon in possession of a firearm. On March 6, 2012, it is alleged that Marion County law enforcement found Davis to be in possession of two firearms a Mossberg 12 gauge shotgun and a Colt .380 caliber pistol. Davis is not legally entitled to possess a firearm due to a past conviction for aggravated battery in Marion County (November 2006) as well as a firearms conviction in Cook County, Illinois (July 1997).
- Juan J. Alfaro-Rodriguez, age TBD, of Indianapolis two counts of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, possession of an unregistered firearm. It is alleged that in April 2012, Alfaro-Rodriguez was found to possess more than 50 grams of methamphetamine with the intent to distribute that substance. The defendant was also found to be in possession of an unregistered firearm silencer designed for a .22 caliber weapon.
- Brian L. Terhune, age 34, of Indianapolis felon in possession of a firearm. On January 23, 2012, Terhune was allegedly found by Marion County law enforcement to possess a FEG 9mm pistol. Terhune is not legally entitled to possess a firearm due to a variety of Indianapolis-area convictions, including armed robbery in Hamilton County (July 2008), armed robbery in Marion County (September 2004), and burglary in Putnam County (January 1999).
The above prosecutions were the result of collaborative federal-local investigations, with significant assistance from the Drug Enforcement Administration, the ATF, as well as the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department.
According to Assistant U.S. Attorney Doris L. Pryor, who is prosecuting these cases for the United States, all of the above defendants face a possible penalty of up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000 for each firearms offense. In addition, Alfaro-Rodriguez faces a possible sentence of ten years to life if he is found guilty. In each case, an initial hearing will be scheduled before a U.S. Magistrate Judge in Indianapolis.
An indictment or information is only a charge and is not evidence of guilt. A defendant is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial at which the government must prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.