The US Attorney's office hopes the enhanced charges will send a message that felons have no business carrying illegal firearms on the streets of Evansville. 37 year-old Larry Tomlinson faces up to 25 years in prison if he's convicted.
He was arrested last month in Evansville when officers say they caught him with a sawed off shotgun.
Today's indictment lays out Tomlinson's extensive criminal history, which the feds say will increase the amount of time he could spend in prison.
US Attorney Joe Hogsett says, “It is expenentially more likely that a convicted felon will use a firearm in a crime of violence than a law abiding gun owner. That's why it's been a priority of this office and will continue to be a priority of this office."
Hogsett says Tomlinson's arrest is part of the 'Violent Crime Initiative." It's a program launched back in 2011 to reduce the number of gun-related crimes.