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Department of Justice

U.S. Attorney's Office
Western District of Kentucky

For Immediate Release

Friday, September 1, 2023
Michael A. Bennett
, United States Attorney

Louisville Felon Sentenced to Ten Years in Federal Prison for Stealing Firearms From a Licensed Firearms Dealer

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – A Jefferson County, Kentucky, man was sentenced yesterday to 10 years in prison followed by a 3-year term of supervised release for burglarizing a federally licensed firearms dealer and illegally possessing a stolen firearm in Louisville.

U.S. Attorney Michael A. Bennett of the Western District of Kentucky, Special Agent in Charge R. Shawn Morrow of the ATF Louisville Field Division and Chief Jacquelyn Gwinn-Villaroel of the Louisville Metro Police Department made the announcement.

According to court documents, on November 25, 2021, Martavious Kincaide, 29, a convicted felon, stole firearms from a licensed firearms dealer’s business inventory. On December 6, 2021, Kincaide was in possession a Springfield Armory XD-M, 9-millimeter handgun, which was one of the firearms stolen from the licensed dealer. Kincaide later admitted to stealing the guns. In addition to the 10-year prison sentence, Kincaide was ordered to pay $13,600 in restitution. There is no parole in the federal system.

“This case is yet another example of what occurs when our federal and local law enforcement partners have longstanding solid working relationships,” said U.S. Attorney Bennett. “ATF and LMPD have demonstrated over time that working together is force multiplier resulting in a safer Louisville for all who live, work and visit here. I commend both agencies for their continued focus on fighting violent crime and removing crime guns from our streets.”   

“To reduce violent crime, ATF targets the sources of crime guns,” said Special Agent in Charge Morrow. “Many crime guns come from theft from vehicles, residences and sometimes gun stores. In Kentucky, ATF investigates every theft from federal firearm licensees, and we work hard to recover stolen guns before they can be used to harm our community. I am proud of the work of the ATF Louisville Office and Louisville Metro Police Department. They should be commended for their prompt response and excellent result on this investigation.”

The case was investigated by the ATF Louisville Field Office and the Louisville Metro Police Department. 

Assistant U.S. Attorney A. Spencer McKiness, of the U.S. Attorney’s Office, 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.


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