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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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