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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Northern District of Indiana

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, August 16, 2013

Federal Grand Jury In South Bend Returns Indictments


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASECONTACT: Mary Hatton

www.usdoj.gov/usao/inn/ CELL: (219) 314-9993

mary.hatton@usdoj.gov

South Bend, IN—The United States Attorney's Office announced that a Grand Jury sitting in South Bend, Indiana, returned the following Indictments on August 14, 2013:

Eric Gainer , 44, of Kewanna, Indiana, was charged in a one-count Indictment with providing false statements during the acquisition of a firearm. Charges were filed as a result of an investigation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives. This case has been assigned to and will be prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Donald J. Schmid.

Dontrell Smith, 24, of South Bend, Indiana, was charged in a three-count Indictment with one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm, one count of heroin distribution, and one count of assaulting a federal officer. Charges were filed as a result of an investigation by the South Bend Police Department and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives. This case has been assigned to and will be prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Donald J. Schmid.

Michael Wilkman, 28, of Nappanee, Indiana, was charged in a one-count Indictment with being a felon in possession of firearms and ammunition. Charges were filed as a result of an investigation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives. This case has been assigned to and will be prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Donald J. Schmid.

If convicted in court, any specific sentence to be imposed will be determined by the judge after a consideration of federal sentencing statutes and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines. .

The United States Attorney's Office emphasized that an Indictment is merely an allegation and that all persons charged are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty in court

Updated April 30, 2015