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Convicted felon guilty of threat to task force member, multiple firearm violations

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 LOUISVILLE, Ky.  – United States Attorney Russell M. Coleman today announced the guilty plea of a Louisville convicted felon, in United States District Court, on September 25, 2017, before Senior Judge Thomas B. Russell, to one count of threatening to kill a Louisville Metro Police Officer while engaged in the performance of his official duties, and with firearms violations. These charges result from an investigation by Louisville Metro Intel (LM Intel): an intelligence-led task force which identifies serious, violent offenders and leverages all available resources to investigate, apprehend and prosecute these offenders. The LM Intel Joint Task Force was announced in January of 2017, and includes the United States Attorney’s Office, federal investigative agencies, state prosecutors and Louisville Metro Police.

Roman L. Brown, Jr., 26, was indicted with co-defendant Chicoby Summers on May 10, 2017, and by grand jury indictment on April 10, 2017.  Both defendants were charged with counts of being a convicted felon in illegal possession of  firearms and defendant Brown was charged with threatening to assault and threatening to kill a member of LM Intel. Brown is in federal custody and is scheduled for sentencing before Senior Judge Russell on January 17, 2018 at 11:30 a.m.

Brown admitted that on April 12, 2017, he threatened to assault and threatened to kill the LM Intel Joint Task Force member, with the intent to impede, interfere, intimidate and retaliate against the LM Intel member while he was engaged in the performance of his duty. Further, on the same day, Brown threatened to assault a member of the immediate family of the LM Intel Joint Task Force member, while he was engaged in the performance of his official duty.

Brown further admitted to being a convicted felon in possession of a Glock Model 36, .45 caliber pistol, and a Zastava, AK-style 7.62 caliber pistol. Brown was convicted in Jefferson County Circuit Court of Trafficking in a Controlled Substance First Degree, on September 18, 2013.

Defendant Summers is charged with being a felon in possession of firearms and ammunition – when at the time of his arrest, on April 12, 2017, he possessed two Taurus 9 millimeter handguns and a Zastava, 7.62 caliber pistol, Model PAP M92PV, and ammunition. Summers was initially charged in a federal complaint Summers was convicted in Jefferson county Circuit Court of Trafficking in a Controlled Substance First Degree and Tampering with Physical Evidence on October 9, 2014. His charges are still pending.

Brown could be sentenced to no more than a combined sentence of 42 years in prison, and both could be required to pay a fine and serve a period of supervised release.

This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Erin G. McKenzie and is being investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms and the Louisville Metro Police Department.