For Immediate Release
Repeat Violent Felon Sentenced to 57 Months in Federal Prison for Possessing Firearms While Serving Community Corrections for Prior Firearms Offenses
INDIANAPOLIS – Christopher Allen, 29, of Indianapolis, was sentenced to 57 months in federal prison after pleading guilty to unlawful possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
According to court documents, on November 5, 2019, officers with the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department (IMPD) attempted a traffic stop of a vehicle in which Allen was a passenger near 42nd Street and Baker Drive, in Indianapolis. The driver of the vehicle did not immediately stop but kept traveling and crossed into oncoming lanes of traffic before finally stopping against the opposite curb. As soon as the vehicle stopped, Allen fled from the passenger side and led police in a foot pursuit. During the pursuit, an officer observed a handgun in Allen’s left hand, which Allen later threw against a shed as he continued running. Officers also observed Allen toss a clear plastic bag containing a white substance. Allen eventually stopped running and gave himself up to police.
Police ran a record check and found that Allen had an active felony warrant for a community corrections violation and for failing to appear for a hearing related to a prior illegal firearms possession case. Officers searched Allen and found a $1 bill with three oxycodone pills inside and a small baggie of raw, ground marijuana in his right front pants pocket. Allen agreed to speak to officers, described the handgun, and told police where he threw it. Officers, with the assistance of a trained ballistics K-9 partner, recovered a 9mm handgun about 20 feet from the shed where Allen had indicated he’d thrown it. An extended magazine belonging to the handgun was found inside the vehicle that Allen had fled. Allen was subsequently arrested by IMPD.
Allen is a violent criminal offender with a history of illegally possessing firearms and has violated the terms of probation on multiple occasions. While on probation following convictions for domestic violence and criminal confinement against the mother of his child, Allen was charged in two new cases. The most significant of these two cases involved charges for unlawful possession of a firearm by a serious violent felon and maintaining a common nuisance. Allen was on community corrections for these offenses at the time of his November 5, 2019, arrest.
Zachary A. Myers, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Indiana, and Daryl S. McCormick, Special Agent in Charge of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), Columbus Field Division, made the announcement.
ATF investigated the case in conjunction with the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department. The sentence was imposed by U.S. District Judge James R. Sweeney II. As part of the sentence, Judge Sweeney ordered that Allen be supervised by the U.S. Probation Office for three years following his release from federal prison.
U.S. Attorney Myers thanked Assistant U.S. Attorney Jayson W. McGrath who prosecuted this case.
This case was brought as part of the LEATH Initiative (Law Enforcement Action to Halt Domestic Violence), named in honor of Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department (IMPD) Officer Breann Leath, who was killed in the line of duty while responding to a domestic disturbance call. A partnership among the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF), the IMPD, and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Indiana, the LEATH Initiative focuses federal, state, and local law enforcement resources on domestic violence offenders who illegally possess firearms.
Additionally, 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.