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Department of Justice

U.S. Attorney's Office
Northern District of Indiana

For Immediate Release

Wednesday, August 18, 2021
Tina L. Nommay
, United States Attorney

Defendant Sentenced to 15 Years in Prison for Being an Armed Career Criminal

FORT WAYNE – Kenneth Apt, 53, of Fort Wayne, Indiana, was sentenced by United States District Court Judge Holly A. Brady upon his plea of guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm, announced Acting U.S. Attorney Tina L. Nommay.

Apt was sentenced to 180 months in prison followed by 3 years of supervised release.

According to documents in this case, Apt was traveling northbound near downtown Fort Wayne on September 27, 2019 when his Ford pickup truck left the roadway, struck, and then knocked over two city light poles. When Fort Wayne Police Department officers arrived at the scene of the crash, they observed the Ford pickup truck on the side of the road and an unconscious male in the driver’s seat. The driver was Apt.

In Apt’s pants pocket, Officers found a yellow jar with a pink lid that contained a substance that field tested positive for cocaine. Apt was then taken to a nearby hospital where tests showed he had cocaine in his system. As Apt was being transferred from the EMS cot to an emergency room cot, a FWPD officer observed a plastic clip on Apt’s right hip. When Apt was subsequently moved, the officer located a loaded 9mm Ruger handgun in a black holster.

Apt’s prior criminal history over a 30-year period included 11 felony convictions. As a result of his criminal history, Apt was determined to be a Career Offender for which he faced a 15 year mandatory minimum sentence of imprisonment.

This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives with the assistance of the Fort Wayne Police Department. This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Lesley J. Miller Lowery.

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