Former Addyston Police Chief Avoids Jail Time in Machine Gun Sales Scheme

LaCourse received his sentence on Wednesday.

Dorian LaCourse. File photo.

INDIANAPOLIS – Former Addyston Police Chief Dorian LaCourse will avoid jail time following his role in a machine gun sales scheme.

LaCourse was sentenced Wednesday to three years on probation, including six months of home detention for conspiracy and making false statements.

According to court documents, LaCourse co-conspired with Johnathan Marcum and Christopher Petty, two federally licensed firearms dealers in Indiana, to illegally obtain and sell approximately 200 fully automatic machine guns.

Marcum and Petty have previously pleaded guilty in separate cases and will be sentenced later this year.

LaCourse’s sentence was imposed by U.S. District Judge Sarah Evans Barker. As part of the sentence, LaCourse is ordered to pay an $11,800 fine. Additionally, over 100 illegally obtained machine guns, 52,500 rounds of ammunition, and over $6,000 in proceeds of the crime seized from LaCourse’s office desk will be forfeited to the U.S.

“LaCourse committed an egregious betrayal of the public’s trust by engaging in this machine gun trafficking scheme,” stated Travis S. Riddle, Acting Special Agent in Charge of ATF’s Columbus Field 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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