Southern District of Indiana | Armed felon sentenced to 4 years in federal prison after inciting domestic violence

INDIANAPOLIS — Austin Majko, 33, of Indianapolis, was sentenced to four years in prison as a convicted felon for illegal possession of a firearm.

Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department (IMPD) officers responded to an 911 call on Indianapolis’ West Side on July 23, 2021, according to court documents. A man, later identified as Austin Majko, fired multiple shots at a vehicle recovery agent who was attempting to repossess Majko’s 2013 Ford Focus. The victim told officers that Majko ran towards him and fired multiple shots at the vehicle as he drove the Focus away. Four .40 caliber cases were found at the scene.

Later that day, IMPD officers responded to a domestic violence call in the same neighborhood. When officers arrived, a witness said he saw Majko hitting a woman in the street and pulling a gun from his waistband. Officers found Majko sitting next to two toolboxes in his garage. Inside the toolboxes were several guns, including a .40 caliber handgun.

Majko is barred from possessing a firearm under federal law because of his previous felony convictions, including two convictions for robbery involving assault.

“A gun can turn domestic violence deadly in seconds,” said Zachary A. Myers, US Attorney for the Southern District of Indiana. “Research shows that armed domestic abusers pose a significant risk to the safety of those closest to them and the public at large. Our office, along with IMPD and ATF, will continue to prioritize the LEATH initiative to save the lives of those affected by domestic violence.”

“It sadly has to be reiterated that we all deserve to be the safest in our homes, but for too many that’s not the case,” said Daryl S. McCormick, special agent in charge of ATF’s Columbus Field Division. “ATF will continue to work with our law enforcement partners to investigate and prosecute domestic violence offenders who possess firearms to ensure our communities are safe from these offenders.”

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (ATF) and the IMPD investigated this case. The verdict was handed down by US District Judge Sarah Evans Barker. Judge Barker also ordered Majko to be monitored by the US Parole Board for three years after his release from federal prison.

US Attorney Myers thanked Assistant US Attorney Peter A. Blackett, who was prosecuting this case.

This case was brought as part of the LEATH (Law Enforcement Action to Halt Domestic Violence) initiative, named in honor of Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department (IMPD) Officer Breann Leath, who was killed on duty when he crashed into a Domestic disturbance call responded . A partnership between the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF), the IMPD, and the US Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Indiana, the LEATH initiative focuses federal, state, and local law enforcement resources on domestic violence offenders illegally possessing firearms.

This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and gun violence and make our neighborhoods safer for all. On May 26, 2021, the Department launched a Violent Crime Reduction Strategy that strengthens PSN based on these core principles: Fostering trust and legitimacy in our communities, Supporting community-based organizations that help prevent violence from occurring in the first place, Focus and strategic alignment of enforcement priorities and measurement of results.