Mishawaka Man Sentenced to 84 Months in Prison

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SOUTH BEND – Antonio Wells, 32 years old, of Mishawaka, Indiana, was sentenced by United States District Court Judge Robert L. Miller after pleading guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm, announced United States Attorney Clifford D. Johnson.

Wells was sentenced to 84 months in prison followed by 2 years of supervised release. 

According to documents in the case, in April of 2021, Wells was on the grounds of a hospital in South Bend when he tried to hide a loaded firearm in a hospital parking garage. Wells has several prior convictions for firearms-related offenses, including for firing a gun at an occupied car.

This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives with the assistance of the South Bend Police Department.  This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Kimberly Schultz.

This case is being prosecuted as part of the joint federal, state, and local Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) Program, the centerpiece of the Department of Justice’s violent crime reduction efforts.  PSN is an evidence-based program proven to be effective at reducing violent crime.  Through PSN, a broad spectrum of stakeholders work together to identify the most pressing violent crime problems in the community and develop comprehensive solutions to address them.  As part of this strategy, PSN focuses enforcement efforts on the most violent offenders and partners with locally based prevention and reentry programs for lasting reductions in crime.


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