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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

Southern District of Indiana

For Immediate Release

September 9, 2011

Joseph H. Hogsett, United States Attorney

Contact: Timothy M. Horty
(317) 229-2409

Hogsett Announces that Franklink Man Sentenced for Threatening a Witness

INDIANAPOLIS – Joseph H. Hogsett, United States Attorney, announced today that Roger D. Hodson, 28, Franklin, Ind., was sentenced to 46 months (almost four years) in prison on Wednesday by U.S. District Judge Jane E. Magnus-Stinson following his guilty plea to threatening a witness in a federal investigation. This case was the result of an investigation by the Johnson County Sheriff’s Department and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

On July 21, 2010, a search warrant was executed at the home of Jaymie Mount, a Johnson County man, who was suspected of being a felon in possession of firearms. During the search, an associate of Mount, Roger Hodson was present and interviewed by law enforcement.

Mount was arrested at the conclusion of the warrant and taken before a federal magistrate judge the next day on July 22, 2010. During the time Mount was in court, Hodson made threats to kill the witness, a neighbor, for providing information to federal agents about Mount. Hodson told the victim that a hit had been placed on the victim’s family and the victim’s house would be burned to the ground. Hodson has been in custody since July 22, 2010, when he was arrested by federal agents of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives for making the threats. Judge Magnus-Stinson previously sentenced Mount on July 12, 2011, to 100 months for possessing three firearms illegally since he was a convicted felon.

According to Assistant U.S. Attorney Gayle L. Helart, who prosecuted the case for the government, Judge Magnus-Stinson also imposed three years supervised release following Hodson's release from prison. During the period of supervised release, Hodson must stay away from the victim’s family and undergo drug treatment.