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Department of Justice

U.S. Attorney's Office
Southern District of Indiana

For Immediate Release

Friday, November 9, 2018
Josh Minkler
, United States Attorney

Indianapolis man sentenced for downtown shooting incident

Indianapolis-United States Attorney Josh J. Minkler announced today that an Indianapolis man was sentenced in federal court to 126 months (over 10 years) for his role in a 2015 shooting near the federal courthouse. Marcus Fennell, 26, was sentenced before U.S. District Judge Tanya Walton Pratt after pleading guilty to possession with intent to distribute marijuana and discharging a firearm during and in relation to a drug trafficking offense.   

“Those who violate the safety and sanctity of our city and citizens by using gun violence, will be held strictly accountable,” said Minkler. “Helping to maintain safety and reducing violent crime remains the top priority of my office.”

During the morning rush hour on October 8, 2015, Fennell was dealing marijuana near the federal courthouse in the first block of East Ohio Street. He fired two shots from a 9mm handgun and ran north to Indiana War Memorial Park where IMPD officers apprehended him. Once apprehended, officers found a handgun in Fennell’s pants pocket along with 110 bindles of marijuana. During the arrest, Fennell told officers he “wasn’t trying to kill anybody…guys were messing with me.” The entire incident was captured on video from court security cameras.

According to Assistant United States Attorney Jeffrey Preston, who prosecuted this case for the government, Fennell must also serve five years of supervised release following his sentence.

In October 2017, United States Attorney Josh J. Minkler announced a Strategic Plan designed to shape and strengthen the District’s response to its most significant public safety challenges. This prosecution demonstrates the Office’s firm commitment to prosecuting those who commit violent crimes involving firearms. See United States Attorney’s Office, Southern District of Indiana Strategic Plan 2.3.

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