Hobart Man Sentenced to 57 Months in Prison

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HAMMOND- Bruce Leipart, 39 years old, of Hobart, Indiana, was sentenced by United States District Court Judge James T. Moody on his plea of guilty to being a felon in possession of  firearms, announced United States Attorney Clifford D. Johnson.

Leipart was sentenced to 57 months in prison followed by 2 years of supervised release. 

According to documents in the case, in October 2018, law enforcement recovered six firearms and multiple extended magazines from Leipart’s residence. Leipart’s criminal history revealed he had a prior felony conviction for a controlled substance offense, and as such, was prohibited from possessing a firearm or ammunition.              

This case was investigated by the United States Drug Enforcement Administration with the assistance of the Porter County Sheriff’s Department.  This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Caitlin M. Padula.  

This case was 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.