United States Attorney David Capp

Northern District of Indiana

M01-204 S. Main Street

South Bend, Indiana  46601

Hammond                                                      South Bend                                           Fort Wayne



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                         CONTACT: Mary L. Hatton

January 18, 2013                                                                                 PHONE: (219) 937-5500

www.usdoj.gov/usao/inn/                                                                   Fax: (219) 852-2770                                                  






                South Bend, Indiana -- The United States Attorney’s Office announced today that:




Ø  Jeffrey Cripe, 38, of Elkhart, Indiana, pled guilty before Magistrate Judge Christopher Nuechterlein to the felony offense of distribution of child pornography.  Magistrate Nuechterlein is recommending that the district court accept the tendered guilty plea.  Parties have 10 days in which to object to the magistrate judge’s recommendation.  Sentencing has been set for 4/18/13.  These charges were filed as a result of an investigation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations and the Indiana State Police.  This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney John Maciejczyk.


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.





Ø  Paul Minix, 49, of Winamac, Indiana, was sentenced by District Judge Robert Miller, Jr. to 51 months imprisonment and 3 years of supervised release after pleading guilty to the felony offense of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.  According to documents filed by the government in this case, Minix has been convicted of seven felony offenses and 10 misdemeanor convictions.  This case was the result of an investigation by the by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosive.  This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Frank Schaffer.