LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- A new initiative launched by state and federal authorities is the result of a deadly day in Louisville. Officials are now sending a message to violent criminals; if you use a gun in a crime, the case could go federal.
It’s called Project Recoil.
“You will be caught. You will be prosecuted. You will be sent to prison,” said David Hale, U.S. Attorney.
“The message that we are trying to send to would be criminals out there is to think twice before using a gun in the commission of a crime because you can find yourself spending the rest of your life in federal prison,” said Chief Steve Conrad, LMPD.
Just about every law enforcement agency, both state and federal, came together Wednesday afternoon in Louisville to alert the public to what they are calling Project Recoil.
Federal authorities and local officials come together once a week and review cases that involved gun violence.
Through their collaboration they can determine if a case can go federal and in federal prison there is no parole.
Just recently by this combined efforts a state case has now ended with a 22 count federal indictment.
Police said Troy Gaines and Shaundrell Robinson were involved in 11 armed robberies from November to December of last year at convenience stores.
Project Recoil has been able to bring two other federal indictments as well in the past few months. It's an effort agencies are doing on their own.
“If the federal government can’t help and there is not money in the local budget from metro government we are going to do this out of our pockets,” said Tom Wine, Commonwealth’s Attorney.
The initiative came to life after the May 17 shootings last year where a woman was killed in front of officers.
“From that terrible day you saw a number of initiatives,” said Conrad. “How can that not lead to a situation where you cannot see another May 17.”
Conrad says murders are down in the city 16 percent. There are 4 less murders than where we were this time last year. Also violent crime is down 3 percent in the city.