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June 25, 2014

Charlestown man faces weapon charges

More than 30 firearms found

NEW ALBANY — A Charlestown man faces a minimum of 15 years in prison following his indictment on possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

Paul James Hoskins, 45, was arrested following a search of his residence June 16. Authorities suspected Hoskins of engaging in the distribution of methamphetamine and protecting the narcotics with firearms, according to a release from the United States Attorney’s office. Officers allegedly found a 9-millimeter handgun and multiple rounds of ammunition.

Upon further investigation, and the cooperation of an informant, it was determined that Hoskins also allegedly stored firearms at his parents’ residence next door. During the search, two firearms were found in a rear bedroom, along with a padlocked closet storing more than 30 firearms, including a sawed-off short-barreled 12-gauge shotgun. A key for the padlocked door was found on the dresser of Hoskins’ bedroom in his residence, according to the release.

“This office has been vigorous in our prosecution of felons in possession of firearms,” said Hogsett in the press release. “This defendant represents the worst of the worst as far as career criminals go and it is our job to make sure these people are off the streets and not endangering the stability and peace of Hoosier communities.”

By federal law it is illegal for a prior felon to own or possess a firearm. The Federal Armed Career Criminal Act further punishes an individual who possesses a firearm and has at least three prior violent felony convictions with a 15-year mandatory minimum sentence.

Hoskins felony record spans Indiana and Kentucky and includes, among others: resisting law enforcement causing bodily harm, 1993; fleeing and eluding law enforcement, 1994; wanton endangerment, first degree, 1994; possession of marijuana with prior conviction, possession of a concealed handgun with prior conviction, 1994; resisting law enforcement, 2000; wanton endangerment, first degree, 2001; and theft, 2007.

This prosecution is a result of a joint effort between the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives office in Louisville, Indiana State Police, Clark County Sheriff’s Department and the Charlestown Police Department.

“This office is dedicated to taking violent criminals off the streets and has seen great success in this goal,” Hogsett said. “I am proud of the partnerships we have forged with state and local partners combating crime in our Hoosier communities.”

This prosecution was part of the United States Attorney’s Violent Crime Initiative. The United States Attorney’s Violent Crime Initiative began in 2011, and is intended to focus on the “worst of the worst” violent offenders by marshaling federal resources to provide local partners the additional tools they may need to succeed in their effort to promote peace.

— News and Tribune

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