Michigan City man sentenced to 180 months in prison | USAO-NDIN

HAMMOND — Sergio Gamez, 30, of Michigan City, Indiana, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Chief Judge Jon E. DeGuilio on his guilty plea to being a felon in possession of a firearm. fire, U.S. Attorney Clifford D. Johnson said.

Gamez was sentenced to 180 months in prison followed by 2 years of probation.

According to case documents, on August 7, 2019, following a 911 call about a possible abduction, law enforcement responded to a local gas station. At the gas station, officers located Gamez who was in the vehicle in possession of a rifle. Officers learned that Gamez asked the victim to drive him while he threatened her with the gun. According to his criminal history, Gamez has previous convictions for armed robbery, robbery and arson, which prohibits him from owning a firearm or ammunition.

This matter was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives with the assistance of the Hammond Police Department. This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Caitlin M. Padula.

That case was prosecuted under the joint federal, state, and local Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) program, the centerpiece of the Justice Department’s violent crime reduction efforts. The NSP is an evidence-based program that has been shown to be effective in reducing violent crime. Through the PSN, a wide range of stakeholders work together to identify the most pressing violent crime issues in the community and develop comprehensive solutions to address them. As part of this strategy, the PSN focuses its law enforcement efforts on the most violent offenders and partners with local prevention and rehabilitation programs for a lasting reduction in crime.

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