Repeat Felon Sentenced to 78 Months in Federal Prison for Illegal Possession of a Firearm While on Home Detention for Firearms Offenses

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INDIANAPOLIS – Donahvon Troutman, 33, of Indianapolis, was sentenced to 78 months in federal prison after pleading guilty to possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

According to court documents, in February 2021, Troutman was serving the first of two consecutive home detention sentences for felony handgun convictions in Marion County, Indiana. On February 24, 2021, officers arrived at Troutman’s residence to conduct a community corrections compliance check. Troutman answered the door after officers knocked several times. Officers proceeded to search Troutman’s person and found marijuana in his pocket. Officers searched Troutman’s residence and found a loaded 9mm semiautomatic handgun in a bedroom closet. Troutman denied the firearm was his, but his fingerprint was found on the magazine inserted in the gun. Troutman was arrested and later released to home detention following a Community Corrections violation hearing.

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Nine days after his home detention, Troutman removed his monitoring device and absconded from Community Corrections. On May 4, 2021, a federal grand jury returned an indictment against Troutman and a federal warrant was issued his arrest. Troutman also had four pending state arrest warrants issued by Marion County courts.

On September 2, 2021, officers located and attempted to apprehend Troutman. Troutman fled from the officers, struck a police car with his vehicle, and drove on the sidewalk at Eskenazi Hospital in broad daylight, successfully evading arrest. While fleeing, Troutman threw a handgun out of the vehicle, which was later recovered by police.

Troutman has five prior felony state court convictions for carrying a handgun without a license. Troutman is prohibited from possessing a firearm under federal and state law due to these felony convictions.  

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Zachary A. Myers, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Indiana, and Herbert J. Stapleton, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI’s Indianapolis Field Office, made the announcement.

The FBI investigated the case in conjunction with the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department. The sentence was imposed by U.S. District Chief Judge Tanya Walton Pratt. As part of the sentence, Judge Pratt ordered that Troutman be supervised by the U.S. Probation Office for three years following his release from federal prison.

U.S. Attorney Myers thanked Assistant U.S. Attorney Jayson McGrath 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.

Repeat Felon Sentenced to 78 Months in Federal Prison for Illegal Possession of a Firearm While on Home Detention for Firearms Offenses

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1 min read
FILE PHOTO: The U.S. Department of Justice Building is pictured

INDIANAPOLIS – Donahvon Troutman, 33, of Indianapolis, was sentenced to 78 months in federal prison after pleading guilty to possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

According to court documents, in February 2021, Troutman was serving the first of two consecutive home detention sentences for felony handgun convictions in Marion County, Indiana. On February 24, 2021, officers arrived at Troutman’s residence to conduct a community corrections compliance check. Troutman answered the door after officers knocked several times. Officers proceeded to search Troutman’s person and found marijuana in his pocket. Officers searched Troutman’s residence and found a loaded 9mm semiautomatic handgun in a bedroom closet. Troutman denied the firearm was his, but his fingerprint was found on the magazine inserted in the gun. Troutman was arrested and later released to home detention following a Community Corrections violation hearing.

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Nine days after his home detention, Troutman removed his monitoring device and absconded from Community Corrections. On May 4, 2021, a federal grand jury returned an indictment against Troutman and a federal warrant was issued his arrest. Troutman also had four pending state arrest warrants issued by Marion County courts.

On September 2, 2021, officers located and attempted to apprehend Troutman. Troutman fled from the officers, struck a police car with his vehicle, and drove on the sidewalk at Eskenazi Hospital in broad daylight, successfully evading arrest. While fleeing, Troutman threw a handgun out of the vehicle, which was later recovered by police.

Troutman has five prior felony state court convictions for carrying a handgun without a license. Troutman is prohibited from possessing a firearm under federal and state law due to these felony convictions.  

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Zachary A. Myers, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Indiana, and Herbert J. Stapleton, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI’s Indianapolis Field Office, made the announcement.

The FBI investigated the case in conjunction with the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department. The sentence was imposed by U.S. District Chief Judge Tanya Walton Pratt. As part of the sentence, Judge Pratt ordered that Troutman be supervised by the U.S. Probation Office for three years following his release from federal prison.

U.S. Attorney Myers thanked Assistant U.S. Attorney Jayson McGrath 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.