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Hogsett: Machine gun case most ‘egregious,’ ‘dangerous’ he’s seen

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Joe Hogsett on Tuesday announced the maximum penalty was warranted in a felony firearm case he called the most “egregious and dangerous” he’s seen during his time as U.S. attorney for the Southern District of Indiana.

Joseph Richardson, 49, of Coatesville, was sentenced to 10 years in prison following felon in possession of a firearm and unlawful possession of a machine gun convictions.

Authorities responding to a domestic violence report arrested Richardson and found evidence of illegal firearms manufacturing. Seized were 175 firearms, including 35 fully automatic machine guns and more than 59,000 rounds of ammunition, according to a release from Hogsett.

“Never in the three-and-one-half years that I have served as the United States attorney have we prosecuted a felony possession case more egregious and dangerous as this,” said Hogsett. “The danger posed by the presence of an illegal gun manufacturing operation to the citizens of Hendricks County is unacceptably disconcerting.”

Richardson will serve three years of supervised release after his prison sentence.
 

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  1. Excellent initiative on the part of the AG. Thankfully someone takes action against predators taking advantage of people who have already been through the wringer. Well done!

  2. Conour will never turn these funds over to his defrauded clients. He tearfully told the court, and his daughters dutifully pledged in interviews, that his first priority is to repay every dime of the money he stole from his clients. Judge Young bought it, much to the chagrin of Conour’s victims. Why would Conour need the $2,262 anyway? Taxpayers are now supporting him, paying for his housing, utilities, food, healthcare, and clothing. If Conour puts the money anywhere but in the restitution fund, he’s proved, once again, what a con artist he continues to be and that he has never had any intention of repaying his clients. Judge Young will be proven wrong... again; Conour has no remorse and the Judge is one of the many conned.

  3. Pass Legislation to require guilty defendants to pay for the costs of lab work, etc as part of court costs...

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