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South Bend Man Sentenced to 140 Months in Prison

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

SOUTH BEND – Sander Ray, 25 years old, of South Bend, Indiana, was sentenced by United States District Court Judge Robert L. Miller, Jr. on his plea of guilty to Hobbs Act robbery and brandishing a firearm during a crime of violence, announced United States Attorney Clifford D. Johnson.

Ray was sentenced to 140 months in prison followed by 2 years of supervised release.

According to documents in this case, in June 2021, Ray committed an armed robbery of a liquor store and then a cell phone store located in South Bend, Indiana.

Co-defendant, Andre Pittman, was previously sentenced for his role in the offense to 121 months in prison followed by 2 years of supervised release. 

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.



Updated December 19, 2022

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