Three Indicted by Federal Grand Jury for Carjacking

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LOUISVILLE, KY – A federal grand jury in Louisville, Kentucky returned a superseding indictment charging three people with carjacking and other firearms related charges.

According to court documents, Jesse Johnson, 28, Megan Mandlehr, 31, and Laken Dye, 29 of Louisville were indicted for a carjacking that occurred on August 18, 2021, in Jefferson County.  Additionally, Johnson was charged with possessing a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence and two counts of possession of a firearm by a prohibited person.

The defendants will be scheduled for their initial court appearances before U.S. Magistrate Judge Colin H. Lindsay of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Kentucky. If convicted of carjacking, they face a maximum penalty of 15 years in prison.  If Johnson is convicted of the additional firearms charges, he faces a maximum penalty of life in prison.  A federal district court judge will determine any sentence after considering the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.

U.S. Attorney Michael A. Bennett of the Western District of Kentucky and Special Agent in Charge R. Shawn Morrow of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) made the announcement.

The ATF and the Louisville Metro Police Department are investigating the case.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Joshua Porter is prosecuting the case.

An indictment is merely an allegation, and all defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.


This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), the centerpiece of the Department of Justice’s violent crime reduction efforts.  PSN is an evidence-based program proven to be effective at reducing violent crime.  Through PSN, a broad spectrum of stakeholders work together to identify the most pressing violent crime problems in the community and develop comprehensive solutions to address them.  As part of this strategy, PSN focuses enforcement efforts on the most violent offenders and partners with locally based prevention and reentry programs for lasting reductions in crime.