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United States Attorney David Capp

Northern District of Indiana

M01-204 S. Main Street

South Bend, IN 46601



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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                         CONTACT: Mary L. Hatton August 20, 2010                                                                                 PHONE: (219) 937-5603 www.usdoj.gov/usao/inn/                                                                   Fax: (219) 852-2770ACTIVITY IN FEDERAL COURT - SOUTH BEND

South Bend, IN—The United States Attorney's Office announced the following activity in Federal Court:

Robert J. Thomas, 33, of South Bend, Indiana, was sentenced by Judge Robert Miller, Jr. to 240 months imprisonment and 8 years of supervised release after being found guilty at trial in March of this year on two counts of possession with intent to distribute marijuana; one count of being an unlawful drug user in possession of a firearm; one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm; and one count of possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime. Drug Enforcement Task Force officers and Indiana State Police officers executing a search warrant at a residence in Elkhart, Indiana used by Thomas found approximately 486 marijuana plants in various stages of growth; growing supplies; measuring devices; humidity control devices and numerous grow lights used to stimulate growth of marijuana by artificial light. These charges were filed as the result of an investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration. This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney John M. Maciejczyk.

Tommie J. Ramey , 23, of Goshen, Indiana, was sentenced by Judge Robert Miller, Jr., to 18 months imprisonment and 3 years of supervised release after pleading guilty to count one of an indictment charging him with being an unlawful user of a controlled substance in possession of a firearm. These charges were filed as the result of an investigation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Firearms, Tobacco, and Explosives. This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Donald Schmid.

Jamel Cornelius Farmer, 25, of St. Joseph, Missouri,was sentenced by Judge Jon DeGuilio to 135 months imprisonment and 3 years of supervised release after pleading guilty to count of an indictment charging bank robbery by use of a dangerous weapon. Farmer admitted in his plea agreement that he took by force $11,938.86 from Key Bank in, Mishawaka, Indiana. These charges were filed as the result of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Jesse Barrett.

 

  

The specific sentence in each case to be imposed upon conviction will be determined by the judge after a consideration of federal sentencing statutes and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines.