Ex-Ohio police chief sentenced for position in machine gun trafficking scheme

An ex-Ohio police chief used his badge in a machine gun trafficking scheme aimed toward reselling greater than 200 weapons of warfare, prosecutors mentioned.

Dorian LaCourse was sentenced to 3 years of probation for his position in shopping for absolutely computerized machine weapons that had been then resold at a a lot greater worth, the US Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Indiana mentioned.

LaCourse, who used to supervise a police division in a tiny Ohio village, will spend six of these months in house confinement.

Federal legal guidelines ban the acquisition or switch of absolutely computerized machine weapons except for regulation enforcement, an exception LaCourse, 66, exploited.

Working with two federally licensed Indiana gun sellers, LaCourse signed a number of letters that falsely said the Village of Addyston Police Department needed to purchase various kinds of machine weapons, together with military-grade.

Those letters had been then despatched to the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives by co-conspirators Johnathan Marcum, 34, and Christopher Petty, 58, to get the weapons. The two males had been supposed to offer the division demonstrations with the weapons, however by no means did.

LaCourse additionally straight ordered German-made machine weapons that he mentioned had been paid for by his division, however had been as a substitute bought by Marcum and Petty.

The machine weapons had been resold for 5 – 6 instances the acquisition worth, the US Attorney’s Office mentioned

Marcum and Petty pleaded responsible to expenses associated to the scheme and might be sentenced at a later date.

LaCourse initially confronted 17 expenses linked to the crime, however ended up pleading responsible to 3 of them in April, based on Fox 19. Prosecutors sought six years in jail as a part of the plea settlement, the tv station reported.

More than 200 machine weapons had been illegally obtained and authorities seized greater than 100 machine weapons, 52,500 rounds of ammunition and $6,000 in cash linked to the crime from LaCourse’s workplace desk, the feds mentioned.

LaCourse was the one full-time officer for a village of about 1,000 folks.

“Law enforcement officers are sworn to protect our communities and uphold the law, and the public has a right to expect police powers are used for the public good,” mentioned US Attorney Zachary Myers, in a press release.

“Instead, the defendant sold his badge to facilitate a criminal machine gun trafficking conspiracy. With heartbreaking regularity, we see the carnage that criminals can inflict on our communities with weapons of war. Today’s sentence demonstrates that officers who violate the public’s trust with utter disregard for the public’s safety will be held accountable.”

LaCourse collected greater than $11,500 from his position. As a part of the sentencing, he was fined $11,800.

An AFT agent known as the plot an “egregious betrayal of the public’s trust.”

“LaCourse committed an egregious betrayal of the public’s trust by engaging in this machine gun trafficking scheme,” mentioned AFT’s appearing particular agent in cost Travis S. Riddle, of the Columbus division. “I hope that this sentence serves as an example to anyone else out there who might be tempted to betray their oath of office and their responsibility to their community.”



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