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

Friday, March 8, 2013

Week In Review – South Bend

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASECONTACT: Mary L. Hatton Fax: (219) 852-2770

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


Ruben Trevino, 35, of Weslaco, Texas, a defendant in the case US v Doty et al., pled guilty before District Judge Jon DeGuilio to the felony offense of conspiracy to distribute marijuana.Sentencing has been set for 6/13/13.These charges were filed as a result of an investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration with assistance from the Laporte County Prosecutor’s office, the Laporte County Drug Unit, the Elkhart County ICE unit.This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney William Grimmer.

If convicted in court, any specific sentence to be imposed will be determined by the judge after a consideration of federal sentencing statutes and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines.


Javon Thomas, 20, of South Bend, Indiana, was sentenced by District Judge Robert Miller, Jr. to 120 months imprisonment and 3 years of supervised release after pleading guilty to the felony offense of carrying a firearm which discharged during a drug trafficking crime and crime of violence.According to documents filed by the government in this case, Thomas was one of four armed men who broke into the home of a known drug dealer and the drug dealer’s girlfriend and four children. One of the men (not Mr. Thomas) shot the drug dealer. The four men stole drugs and money, split the money, and distributed the marijuana. This case was the result of an investigation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the South Bend Police Department.This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Donald Schmid.

Updated April 30, 2015