South Bend Man Sentenced to 121 Months in Prison
SOUTH BEND – Andre Pittman, 35 years old, of South Bend, Indiana, was sentenced by United States District Court Judge Robert L. Miller, Jr. on his plea of guilty to two counts; a hobbs act robbery, and brandishing a firearm during and in relation to that crime of violence, announced United States Attorney Clifford D. Johnson.
Pittman was sentenced to 121 months in prison followed by 2 years of supervised release.
According to documents in this case, in June 2021, Pittman robbed a liquor store in South Bend at gunpoint. After brandishing a handgun at the store clerk, he made off with cash from the register. Pittman was later caught and admitted to committing multiple robberies, including the armed robbery of the liquor store. Pittman has a lengthy criminal history which includes a prior federal conviction for the armed robberies of other retail stores. He was out of federal prison for 1 ½ months before embarking on his recent robbery spree.
This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation with the assistance of the South Bend Police Department. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Joel Gabrielse.
This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and gun violence, and to make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. On May 26, 2021, the Department launched a violent crime reduction strategy strengthening PSN based on these core principles: fostering trust and legitimacy in our communities, supporting community-based organizations that help prevent violence from occurring in the first place, setting focused and strategic enforcement priorities, and measuring the results.