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Department of Justice

U.S. Attorney's Office
Southern District of Indiana
Zachary A. Myers, United States Attorney
For Immediate Release
Wednesday, August 30, 2023

Convicted Sex Offender and Domestic Abuser Sentenced to Over 5 Years in Federal Prison After Being Caught With Firearm

INDIANAPOLIS — Shaylor Goer, 47, of Indianapolis has been sentenced to 5 years and 3 months in federal prison after pleading guilty to illegally possessing a firearm.

According to court documents, on March 31, 2022, Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department officers were dispatched to Dearborn Street in Indianapolis at 6 a.m. to investigate complaints of a suspicious individual. Upon arrival, officers saw Goer and requested that he stop. Goer did not comply, and instead ran down an alley, leading officers on a brief foot chase. Goer was eventually stopped and arrested. During a search of Goer’s person, officers found an empty gun holster on his hip. Officers searched the surrounding area and found a Kimber .45 caliber semiautomatic firearm on top of a trash can belonging to Goer.

Goer is prohibited by federal law from ever possessing a firearm due to his 14 previous felony convictions including two counts of failure to register as a sex or violent offender, two counts of domestic battery, aggravated criminal sexual abuse of a minor between the age of 13-17, manufacture/distribution of a look-alike substance, unlawful possession of a syringe, possession of cocaine and burglary.

U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Indiana Zachary A. Myers, Daryl S. McCormick, Special Agent in Charge of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), Columbus Field Division, and IMPD Chief Randal Taylor made the announcement.

“Individuals with a history of violence and criminal activity should never be able to get their hands on a firearm,” said U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Indiana Zachary A. Myers. “Under the LEATH initiative, it is a priority of our office, IMPD and ATF to weed out those who pose the highest risk to those closest to them and the community as a whole. Holding dangerous, repeat offenders accountable for illegally possessing firearms is a critical part of this initiative.”

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department investigated this case. The sentence was imposed by U.S. District Court Judge James R. Sweeney. Judge Sweeney also ordered that Goer be supervised by the U.S. Probation Office for 3 years following his release from federal prison.

U.S. Attorney Myers thanked Assistant U.S. Attorney Jeremy C. Fugate, 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 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, 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.


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