EVANSVILLE, IN (WFIE) - U.S. Attorney Joseph Hogsett announced Thursday that four men are facing federal firearms charges as a result of the U.S. Attorney's Office Violent Crime Initiative.
33-year-old Derrick Vogt of Tell City was sentenced Wednesday to 15 years in federal prison for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and received an armed career criminal enhancement.
Offenders convicted of three prior felonies involving a firearm are eligible for the armed career criminal enhancement.
If convicted of the enhancement, offenders receive a minimum 15 year sentence and could receive a maximum life sentence.
"It is reserved for those revolving door criminals who seem to cycle in and out of local jails, primarily on gun and drug related charges," said U.S. Attorney, Joseph Hogsett.
Vogt's criminal record in Perry County includes three felony burglary convictions, four felony theft convictions and one felony sexual battery conviction.
42-year-old Glynn Petticord of Evansville was indicted by a federal grand jury after U.S. Marshals found him at an east side hotel on March 20 with a .45 caliber pistol.
Petticord has four prior felony convictions for robbery, auto theft, battery and criminal recklessness.
Also indicted by the federal grand jury was 22-year-old Jacob Roy Hammond of Dover, Tennessee.
U.S. Marshals located Hammond outside a north side hotel on February 23 with two firearms.
Hammond has five felony burglary convictions and one felony conviction for selling a controlled substance.
And a criminal complaint has been filed in federal court against 29-year-old Cornelius Ratliff of Evansville.
Ratliff was arrested after pointing a loaded firearm at an Evansville Police Officer on March 17.
Ratliff has a felony conviction for attempted second degree murder in Shelby County, Tennessee. He also has two felony convictions for possessions of a firearm by a felon.
"If we are successful in taking all of these individuals off the streets, a total of 21 felony convictions go with them," Hogsett added.
In the nearly three years since the Violent Crime Initiative began, more than 225 defendants have been charged with federal gun crimes by the U.S. Attorney's Office.