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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, March 28, 2014

South Bend, Indiana — The United States Attorney’s Office Announced The Following Activity In Federal Court:



PLEAS (before Magistrate Judge Christopher A. Nuechterlein):

David Diederich, 58, of La Porte, Indiana pled guilty to the felony offense of being a felon in possession of a firearm. The magistrate is recommending that the district court accept the tendered guilty plea.Parties have 14 days in which to object to the magistrate judge’s recommendation. This charge was filed as a result of an investigation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.Sentencing has been set for 6/26/2014.This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Frank Schaffer.

Brittany Coburn, 23, of La Porte, Indiana pled guilty to the felony offense of obstructing the mail. The magistrate is recommending that the district court accept the tendered guilty plea.Parties have 14 days in which to object to the magistrate judge’s recommendation. This charge was filed as a result of an investigation by Office of the Inspector General.Sentencing has been set for 6/11/2014.This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Jesse Barrett.

DISPOSITIONS( before District Judge Robert L. Miller, Jr..)

Evan Vanator, 23, of South Bend, Indiana was sentenced to 18 months imprisonment with 1 year supervised release after pleading guilty to the felony offense of possession of a firearm while being an illegal user of controlled substances.According to documents filed in this case, Vanator possessed a Keltec semi-automatic handgun in his residence in St. Joseph County, Indiana. Vanator was also an illegal user of marijuana during his possession of this firearm. This case was the result of an investigation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Frank Schaffer.

Robert Lyons, 32, of Michigan City, Indiana was sentenced to 60 months imprisonment with 4 years supervised release after pleading guilty to the felony offense of manufacturing marijuana.According to documents filed in this case, in May 2013, law enforcement officers discovered marijuana growth system in Lyons’ residence. This case was the result of an investigation by the Drug Enforcement Agency.This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Frank Schaffer.

Updated April 30, 2015