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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, December 20, 2013

Week In Review – South Bend


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

PLEA:

Demonte Brantley, 19, of South Bend, Indiana, pled guilty before Magistrate Judge Christopher A. Nuechterlein to the felony offense of possessing a firearm with an obliterated serial number. Magistrate Nuechterlein is recommending that the district court accept the tendered guilty plea.Parties have 14 days in which to object to the magistrate judge’s recommendation. This charge was filed as a result of an investigation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.Sentencing has been set for 4/3/2014.This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Donald Schmid.

DISPOSITIONS:

Bryant Rios, 25, of South Bend, Indiana was sentenced by District Judge Robert L. Miller, Jr. to 78 months imprisonment with 2 years supervised release after pleading guilty to the felony offense of possession of a firearm as a convicted felon.According to documents filed in this case, in May 2013 Rios possessed a loaded .40 caliber pistol which he fired because of a dispute during a drug deal. Mr. Rios has a prior conviction for a felony crime of criminal recklessness.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 Donald Schmid.


Gary Wright, 32, of South Bend, Indiana was sentenced by District Judge Robert L. Miller, Jr. to 60 months imprisonment with 2 years supervised release after pleading guilty to the felony offense of knowingly possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking offense.According to documents filed in this case, in April 2013, the Fugitive Task Force spotted Wright who was wanted on a parole violation. Wright fled from law enforcement and dropped a loaded SIG 9mm handgun as he ran. Wright was finally apprehended and had several grams of crack (cocaine) and heroin in his possession. Wright stated during his arrest that he intended to sell the firearm. Wright has a previous conviction for manslaughter. 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 Frank Schaffer.

Updated April 30, 2015