David J. Hale, United States Attorney for the Western District of Kentucky, announced the sentencing today of a Louisville man to 25 years in prison, followed by a period of three years’ supervised release, for the armed robbery of a Louisville convenience store and discharging a firearm during the course of the robbery. The federal prosecution stems from Project Recoil, the ongoing partnership of multiple law enforcement agencies, developed by U.S. Attorney Hale, Jefferson County Commonwealth’s Attorney Tom Wine, Jefferson County Attorney Mike O’Connell, LMPD Chief Steve Conrad, ATF Special Agent in Charge Stuart Lowrey, FBI Special Agent in Charge Perrye Turner, and U.S. Marshal James Clark to maximize penalties for the most violent repeat offenders and to reduce violent crime in our community.
Since the announcement of Project Recoil in July 2013 the U.S. Attorney’s Office has brought federal charges against 10 defendants connected to the armed robberies of 27 metro Louisville businesses. Numerous additional defendants have been charged in Jefferson Circuit Court.
“Convicted felons who commit violent gun crimes in Jefferson County will face a collaborative and determined law enforcement effort. I’m proud of the efforts of the dedicated police officers, federal agents and state and county prosecutors and federal prosecutors working together on Project Recoil. Our community benefits from this effective collaboration,” stated U.S. Attorney Hale.
“The partnership of local, state, and federal law enforcement through Project Recoil has not only led to 10 defendants being indicted in federal court but to numerous gun and violent crimes being discussed by multiple agencies on a weekly basis. These open lines of communication have led to over a thousand guns being seized in the last year and over one hundred cases involving defendants with serious records and pending gun charges to be discussed, indicted, and swiftly prosecuted in state court,” stated Thomas Wine, Commonwealth’s Attorney.
“This conviction sends a very strong message that federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies are working together to make Louisville a safer community. Anyone contemplating a gun-related crime should realize the possible consequences,” stated Louisville Metro Police Chief Steve Conrad.
“This conviction and sentence should send a very clear message—violent gun crimes and the illegal possession, use, or trafficking of firearms will not be tolerated. Together, we are aggressively investigating and prosecuting these armed predators to make our community safer,” said ATF Special Agent in Charge Stuart Lowrey.
“Project Recoil is an excellent example of law enforcement’s commitment to cooperation and collaboration, the most effective weapon against crime,” said Perrye K. Turner, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI in Kentucky.
Dorris Trice, III, age 32, was sentenced on Thursday by Senior U.S. District Judge Charles R. Simpson, III after pleading guilty to a three-count federal indictment. Trice was previously convicted of state charges in Jefferson Circuit Court, including second-degree burglary on October 26, 2000; second-degree escape on June 10, 2002; and third degree burglary on October 20, 2010. In U.S. District Court, Trice admitted that on March 3, 2013, he possessed and fired a Charter Arms Undercover.38 Special during the robbery of the Park Food Mart, located at North 19th Street in Louisville. The federal robbery charge was brought pursuant to the Hobbs Act, which criminalizes robberies that affect interstate commerce.
This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Randy Ream and Amanda E. Gregory and was investigated by the Louisville Metro Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF).