For Immediate Release
Repeat Armed Robber Found Guilty of Illegally Possessing Stolen Handgun
INDIANAPOLIS- A federal jury has found Kyree Bryce Harris, 25, of Indianapolis, Indiana, guilty of illegally possessing a firearm.
According to court documents and evidence introduced at trial, on the morning of June 17, 2022, IMPD officers were called to Ethel Avenue in Indianapolis, Indiana on a report of a suspicious vehicle parked in front of the Twenty Fifth Street Baptist church all night. When officers arrived, they encountered Harris asleep in the vehicle with a handgun tucked next to his leg, between the driver’s seat and center console. The gun had previously been reported stolen. On scene and at trial, Harris admitted he carried the gun for protection.
Because Harris was a convicted felon, federal law prohibited him from possessing firearms. His felony convictions stemmed from a string of six armed robberies of Indianapolis-area convenience stores and Family Dollar stores that he committed in January 2017, for which he was also convicted federally.
U.S. Attorney Zachary A. Myers, Daryl S. McCormick, Special Agent in Charge of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), Columbus Field Division, and Randal Taylor, Chief of the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department made the announcement.
“It is evident by this defendant’s criminal history that he has a willful disregard for the law,” said U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Indiana, Zachary A. Myers. “We are very thankful that officers intervened when they did, potentially preventing future robberies, violence, or even death. Any time a firearm can be taken out of the hands of a reckless individual, it is a win for our community.”
This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department.
U.S. Attorney Myers thanked Assistant U.S. Attorneys Jeremy C. Fugate and Michelle P. Brady, who prosecuted this case.
U.S. District Court Judge Sarah Evans Barker presided over the trial and will sentence Harris at a later date. Harris faces a minimum of 15 years, up to life, in prison followed by up to five years of supervised release. Actual sentences are determined by a federal district court judge and are typically less than the maximum penalties.