Greenwood man faces added federal charge

A man police said was found with a gun, ammunition, bleach and ammonia in his vehicle in Greenwood last year is facing additional federal charges.

Christopher C. Byrne, 31, of Greenwood, faces two federal charges of possession of a handgun and possession of ammunition by a convicted felon.

The charges stem from Byrne’s arrest near Greenwood Park Mall in August 2016. Byrne was stopped by police on a traffic violation and refused to identify himself, did not have a valid license plate, told the officer he was a sovereign national and did not cooperate with police. At the time, Byrne was arrested on a charge of being a habitual traffic violator.

Police also found a gun and ammunition in the vehicle. Byrne cannot legally carry a gun as a convicted felon, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney’s office. He was convicted of operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated in Hendricks County in 2012, and again in Marion County in 2013. He also was also convicted of theft in Marion County in 2015.

Byrne also faced local charges, and the local judge in that case recused herself after police found Byrne had looked up her address online.

In the federal case, Byrne faces up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine if convicted, the release said.

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Annie Goeller is managing editor of the Daily Journal. She can be reached at agoeller@dailyjournal.net or 317-736-2718.