Department of Justice
For Immediate Release
Chicago, Illinois Man Sentenced to 97 Months in Prison
HAMMOND- Rashawn Curtis, 23 years old, of Chicago, Illinois, was sentenced by United States District Court Senior Judge James T. Moody after pleading guilty to selling a firearm to a felon, announced United States Attorney Clifford D. Johnson.
Curtis was sentenced to 97 months in prison followed by 2 years of supervised release.
According to documents in the case, on March 23, 2020, Curtis sold to a convicted felon, a semi-automatic pistol with an “auto sear” conversion switch attached that converted the pistol into a fully automatic weapon. The firearm also contained an extended magazine which held thirty-two rounds of ammunition.
This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives along with the Indiana High Intensity Drug Trafficking Task Force. This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Michael J. Toth.
This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and gun violence, and to make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. On May 26, 2021, the Department launched a violent crime reduction strategy strengthening PSN based on these core principles: fostering trust and legitimacy in our communities, supporting community-based organizations that help prevent violence from occurring in the first place, setting focused and strategic enforcement priorities, and measuring the results.