15-year sentence for career criminal who told police he fired at person for 'staring' at his house

Denny R. Anderson, 53, has 30-year criminal record

INDIANAPOLIS - A man who told police he fired a shot at someone because he didn't want a person of color "staring at (his) house" was sentenced to 15 years in federal prison Thursday.

Denny R. Anderson, 53, of Indianapolis has a 30-year criminal record including felony charges of burglary, robbery, fraud, assault with a weapon, theft, resisting law enforcement and criminal recklessness, said U.S. Attorney Joe Hogsett.

“As I’ve said before, this office is targeting habitual violent offenders with long records and short memories,” said Hogsett in a news release.

Anderson was arrested in May 2011 after firing a shot at a person walking in an alley behind his house near 10th and Sherman streets, according to a Metro police report.

The victim told police that he had been walking down an alley behind Anderson’s residence when the Anderson shouted at him and fired a single shot at him. The victim then ran away and called police.

According to the police report, Anderson told police he fired the shot because he didn't like having a person of color "looking at (his) yard" and "staring at (his) house."

U.S. District Judge Tanya Walton Pratt applied the Armed Career Criminal Act in sentencing Anderson.

The act requires that felons in possession of firearms after three or more convictions for crimes of violence or drug trafficking be sentenced to at least 15 years.

According to Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Andrea L. Props, who prosecuted the case, Anderson was also sentenced to five years of supervised release at the end of his prison term.

Federal law requires that at a minimum, Brown will serve 85 percent of his sentence in prison.

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