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South Bend Man Convicted Following 2-Day Jury Trial

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of Indiana

SOUTH BEND – Joshua Banks, age 31, of South Bend, Indiana was convicted of being a felon in possession of a firearm, announced U.S. Attorney Kirsch.

U.S. District Court Judge Jon E. DeGuilio, presided over this 2-day trial. 

According to documents in this case, on about October 5, 2018, Mr. Banks possessed a .357 caliber revolver after one or more felony convictions.  On October 4, 2018 a vehicle was reported stolen.  On October 5, 2018, South Bend Police Officers located that stolen vehicle parked and unoccupied.  Around that same time, Banks was walking near the vehicle with a backpack and a gas can.  As officers approached Banks fled on foot.  He was caught and the backpack was found nearby.  Also nearby, officers found the firearm which had been stolen from a Warsaw, Indiana, firearms dealer in September 2018. 

Sentencing of Mr. Banks has been set for June 12, 2019. 

The case was investigated by the ATF with the assistance of the South Bend Police along with the Kosciusko County Sheriff’s Department.  The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Joel R. Gabrielse. 


Updated March 12, 2019

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