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Indianapolis Man Sentenced to Over 12 Years in Federal Prison for Threats and Weapons Charges Related to Drive by Shooting of Masjid E Noor Mosque

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

INDIANAPOLIS – Jonathan Warren, 22, of Indianapolis, was sentenced to 147 months in federal prison after pleading guilty to transmitting threatening communications in interstate commerce and possessing a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence.

According to court documents, from May through August of 2020, Warren sent multiple threats and attempted to kill Victim 1 at least two times. In each of those attempts, Warren fired indiscriminately into crowded areas. On May 24, 2020, Warren fired into Victim 1’s house, then later that evening committed a drive by shooting into the Masjid E Noor mosque. Multiple worshipers were at the mosque, as it was the Eid al-Fitr, or the “Festival of the Breaking of the Fast.” On June 9, 2020, Warren fired multiple shoots across the parking lot of the Pangea Apartments on West 34th Street, causing multiple bystanders to flee in terror. 

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the National Integrated Ballistic Information Network Program were able to reconstruct the shootings, through the examination of shell casings collected at the scene, and identify Warren, leading to his arrest and conviction.

Zachary A. Myers, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Indiana, and Herbert J. Stapleton, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI’s Indianapolis Field Office, made the announcement.

FBI investigated the case. The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department provided valuable assistance. The sentence was imposed by U.S. District Judge Sarah Evans Barker. As part of the sentence, Judge Barker ordered that Warren be supervised by the U.S. Probation Office for five years following his release from federal prison.

U.S. Attorney Myers thanked Assistant U.S. Attorney Bradley P. Shepard who prosecuted this case.

Updated August 30, 2022

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