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Domestic Violence Perpetrator Pleads Guilty to Possessing 37 Firearms

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – A Louisville, Kentucky, woman who was previously convicted of domestic violence has pleaded guilty to a Superseding Indictment charging her with unlawful possession of 37 firearms, announced United States Attorney Russell M. Coleman.

Ashlynn Marcum, 28, Louisville, was indicted by a federal Grand Jury on November 20, 2018.

According to a plea agreement, on August 29, 2018, agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) were investigating the theft of firearms from a building associated with a firearms dealer. During the investigation, agents approached a vehicle in the parking lot of a motel in Muldraugh, Kentucky.  Marcum was seated in the passenger seat of the vehicle. An agent saw a Colt Black Stallion .380 caliber semiautomatic pistol and a loaded magazine in plain view on the floorboard of the vehicle near the defendant’s feet.  After being advised of her Miranda rights, the defendant stated she obtained the pistol found in the vehicle from a guy named “Joe” and that she chose that pistol to carry because it was small.  The defendant consented to a search of a motel room she was staying in at the motel.  When the agents searched the room, they recovered more firearms that the defendant said were stolen from the storage building associated with the firearms dealer. According to the Superseding Indictment, Marcum has 3 previous misdemeanor domestic violence convictions in the Jefferson County, Kentucky, District Court.

Marcum faces a maximum sentence of 10 years imprisonment, a maximum fine of $250,000 and a 3-year term of supervised release.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Tom Dyke and investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF).

The U.S. Attorney’s Office is partnering with federal, state, and local law enforcement to specifically identify criminals responsible for significant violent crime in the Western District of Kentucky.  A centerpiece of this effort is Project Safe Neighborhoods, a program that brings together all levels of law enforcement to reduce violent crime and make neighborhoods safer for everyone. 

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