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Department of Justice

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

For Immediate Release

Wednesday, September 6, 2023
Clifford D. Johnson
, United States Attorney

Fort Wayne Man Sentenced to 84 Months in Prison

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – Kevin T. Leshore, 30, of Fort Wayne, Indiana, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Chief Judge Holly A. Brady after pleading guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm, announced U.S. Attorney Clifford D. Johnson.

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

According to documents in the case, Fort Wayne Police observed Leshore at a gas station with a handgun sticking out of his pocket. Officers were able to determine that Leshore was a convicted felon and had an active arrest warrant. When they attempted to apprehend Leshore, he got into his vehicle and led officers on a high-speed chase through a residential area before stopping and fleeing on foot. When officers apprehended Leshore, they located a handgun near him with a round in the chamber in addition to a loaded firearm magazine that Leshore had discarded as he fled. At the time of his apprehension, Leshore was also in possession of a bag containing a large amount of U.S. currency and narcotics. 

This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, with assistance from the Fort Wayne Police Department. The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Stacey R. Speith.

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.


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