Louisville, Kentucky – A federal grand jury in Louisville returned an indictment on September 22, 2021, charging Antonio D. Williamson, 34, with being a felon in possession of firearm.
According to the indictment and criminal complaint, on May 22, 2021, the Louisville Metro Police Department (LMPD) arrested Williamson after it was reported that a man pointed a firearm at another person at the drive through of a restaurant on Eastern Parkway in Louisville. Williamson was arrested by LMPD for Receiving stolen property over $10,000, obscuring the identity of a machine over $10,000, and no operator’s license. He provided the name “Naz Bey.” LMPD officers observed a firearm, later identified as a CZ-USA Scorpion Evo 3 Sl, near the center console of the vehicle within reach of the driver. Law enforcement officers later determined that “Naz Bey” was Antonio D. Williamson, a convicted felon.
The grand jury indicted Williamson for being a felon in possession of a firearm in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 922(g). On September 21, 2021, the defendant appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Colin H. Lindsay of the U.S. District Court for a detention hearing. Judge Lindsay detained Williamson detained pending trial, which is scheduled for November 29, 2021, before U.S. District Judge Rebecca Grady Jennings.
If convicted, Williamson faces up to 10 years in prison, a $250,000 fine, and up to 3 years of supervised release. A federal district court judge will determine any sentence after considering the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.
Acting U.S. Attorney Michael A. Bennett made the announcement.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Joshua Judd is prosecuting the case. The FBI and LMPD investigated the case with assistance from the ATF.
An indictment is merely an allegation and the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.
This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), the centerpiece of the Department of Justice’s violent crime reduction efforts. PSN is an evidence-based program proven to be effective at reducing violent crime. Through PSN, a broad spectrum of stakeholders work together to identify the most pressing violent crime problems in the community and develop comprehensive solutions to address them. As part of this strategy, PSN focuses enforcement efforts on the most violent offenders and partners with locally based prevention and reentry programs for lasting reductions in crime.
Department of Justice
Office of the U.S. Attorney
Western District of Kentucky