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Evansville man indicted on federal gun charges

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Larry Tomlinson, 37. Larry Tomlinson, 37.
EVANSVILLE, IN (WFIE) -

An Evansville man is indicted on federal gun charges.

United States Attorney Joseph Hogsett announced the indictment of 37-year-old Larry Tomlinson on Thursday.

A grand jury indicted Tomlinson on one count of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and one count of possession of a sawed off shotgun.

"This office has seen that prior felons with firearms are bad news for the safety of Indiana," said Hogsett. "My office will continue to do all we can to help make our Southwestern Indiana communities safe."

On May 29, Hogsett says law enforcement received a tip that a customer at a local hotel had been allegedly dealing narcotics and may be in possession of a firearm. He says officers saw Tomlinson leave the hotel in a car with another person driving.

The two were pulled over while driving and Tomlinson allegedly contemplated fleeing before complying with the officers orders.

Hogsett says officers searched the driver and Tomlinson and both consented to a search of the vehicle.

When officers were able to handcuff Tomlinson, Hogsett says they found a sawed off shotgun in the bag he was carrying, next to the vehicle.

Under federal law, it is illegal for one with a prior felony conviction to possess a firearm.

Tomlinson has a long felony record:

  • Burglary, Vanderburgh County, March 1994
  • Auto Theft and Resisting Law Enforcement, Vanderburgh County, August 1996
  • Possession of Cocaine and Carrying a Handgun without a Permit, Vanderburgh County, August 1996
  • Robbery and Carrying a Handgun without a Permit, Vanderburgh County, May 2001
  • Possession of a Firearm by a Felon, Vanderburgh County, April 2007

Hogsett says due to Tomlinson's extensive criminal history, he is subject to the enhanced penalty as an armed career criminal which imposes a mandatory minimum sentence of 15 years.

According to Assistant United States Attorney Lauren Wheatley who is prosecuting this case for the government, Tomlinson could face 25 years and three years of supervised release, if convicted of both charges.

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