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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
Friday, June 30, 2023

Violent Felon With Four Prior Convictions Sentenced to 15 Years in Federal Prison for Illegally Possessing a Firearm

INDIANAPOLIS- Cameron Johnson, 32, of Indianapolis, Indiana has been sentenced to 15 years in federal prison after pleading guilty to illegally possessing a firearm.

According to court documents, on Friday, September 15, 2019, at approximately 2:01 a.m., a uniform Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department Officer was on patrol when she noticed a dark blue Dodge Charger illegally parked on the side of the road near North Ralston Avenue. The officer approached the vehicle and made contact with Cameron Johnson, who was in the driver’s seat. Johnson initially told the officer that he did not have his driver’s license with him and provided a false name of “Christian Turman.” A BMV check of “Turman’s” license returned as a habitual traffic violator, and Johnson was placed under arrest.

During his arrest, officers located a driver’s license in Johnson’s pocket with the name of “Cameron Kimbrough” listed. Johnson eventually admitted that he was not “Christian Turman,” and was in fact Cameron Johnson. Johnson told officers that he changed his last name to Kimbrough because of numerous felony arrests under the name Cameron Johnson. Officers also confirmed that Johnson had an outstanding warrant in Hendricks County, Indiana.

Officers searched the vehicle and found a loaded 9mm handgun on the floorboard of the driver’s seat. The handgun had one live round in the chamber and seventeen rounds in the magazine.

Johnson is prohibited from possessing a firearm under federal law due to his three previous felony convictions for robbery and one felony conviction of dealing in a narcotic drug.

“Any time a firearm can be taken out of the hands of someone with a history of violent felonies is a win for our community,” said Zachary A. Myers, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Indiana. “The serious federal prison sentence imposed here demonstrates our office’s commitment to partnering with ATF and IMPD as we seek to reduce gun violence in Indianapolis and all of the communities we serve.”

“Repeat felony offenders have no business possessing firearms,” stated Daryl S. McCormick, Special Agent in Charge of ATF’s Columbus Field Division. “Working with our law enforcement partners to ensure that violent repeat offenders don’t have guns is at the core of our mission. We will keep working together to make our communities safer for all of us.”

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and IMPD investigated this case. The sentence was imposed by U.S. District Court Chief Judge, Tanya Walton Pratt. Judge Pratt also ordered that Johnson be supervised by the U.S. Probation Office for 3 years following his release from federal prison.

U.S. Attorney Myers thanked Assistant United States Attorney Kelsey L. Massa, who prosecuted this 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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