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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Northern District of Indiana

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, July 25, 2014

Week In Review - Fort Wayne


           Fort Wayne, Indiana — The United States Attorney’s Office announced the following activity in Federal Court:

DISPOSITIONS

  • Christopher Smith, 31, of Fort Wayne, Indiana was sentenced to 24 months imprisonment and 2 years supervised release after pleading guilty to the felony offense of being a felon in possession of a firearm.  According to documents filed in this case, Fort Wayne Police Department personnel attempted to pull over the vehicle Smith was driving, but Smith failed to stop and led police on a high speed chase until his car crashed into a residence.  During a search of the vehicle, officers found a firearm along with ammunition.  At the time, Smith was on probation for his state offense of possession of cocaine.  This case was the result of an investigation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and the Fort Wayne Police Department.  This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Tina L. Nommay.
  • Trevor R. Rodriguez, 23, of Fort Wayne, Indiana was sentenced to 57 months imprisonment and 2 years supervised release after pleading guilty to selling a firearm and ammunition to a known convicted felon.  According to documents filed in this case, ATF was conducting a firearms investigation that resulted in contact with Rodriguez who agreed to sell them firearms on several occasions.  This case was the result of an investigation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.  This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Lovita Morris King.
  • David Williams, 29 of Fort Wayne, Indiana, was sentenced to 1 year probation after pleading guilty to the felony offense of making a false statement on an ATF form 4473.  According to documents filed in this case, Fort Wayne Police conducted a traffic stop and multiple weapons were recovered as a result of the stop. One of the guns recovered from the vehicle had been purchased by Williams who was not in the vehicle at the time of the stop.  ATF agents confirmed that the firearm had been purchased by Williams.  Williams would have filled out an ATF form 4473 in order to purchase the firearm.  After interviewing Williams, he admitted to making a false statement on the form when he bought the gun, indicating he was the actual purchaser when he was not.  This case was the result of an investigation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and the Fort Wayne Police Department.  This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Tina L. Nommay.

     

Updated April 30, 2015