South Bend, Indiana Men Sentenced
For Brandishing a Firearm During a Crime of Violence
SOUTH BEND - Andrew Jacobs, age 20, of South Bend, Indiana, was sentenced before South Bend District Court Judge Jon E. DeGuilio for brandishing a firearm during a crime of violence, announced U.S. Attorney Kirsch.
Jacobs was sentenced to 84 months imprisonment followed by 2 years of supervised release. In the same case, last month on April 26, 2018, Lorenzo Crawford, age 20, also of South Bend, was sentenced by Judge DeGuilio for the same offense to 84 months in prison followed by 2 years of supervised release.
According to documents in this case, the defendants working together placed an advertisement for escort services on Backpage.com. A man responded by text and arranged to have sex with a fictitious prostitute at a room in a hotel. The defendants waited for the man, grabbed him when he came to the room and proceeded to beat him. One of the defendants brought a Smith & Wesson .38 Special revolver with them which was used to beat the victim. The defendants also took cash, credit cards and a cell phone from the victim. While the victim was at the hotel, one of the defendants also checked the victim’s car for money or other valuables.
This case was investigated by the FBI. The case was handled by Assistant U.S. Attorneys John Maciejczyk and Ken Hays.