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Department of Justice

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

For Immediate Release

Thursday, June 29, 2023
Clifford D. Johnson
, United States Attorney

Illinois Man Sentenced to 37 Months in Prison

HAMMOND- Darius Dudley, 30 years old, of Chicago, Illinois, was sentenced by United States District Court Judge Jon E. DeGuilio after pleading guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm, announced United States Attorney Clifford D. Johnson.

Dudley was sentenced to 37 months in prison followed by 2 years of supervised release.

According to documents in the case, in July 2021, law enforcement responded to shots fired call in the 4800 block of Northcote Avenue in East Chicago, Indiana. Upon arrival, Dudley was observed in possession of a semi-automatic pistol. The pistol had an extended magazine and a machinegun conversion device attached to it. The machinegun conversion made the pistol capable of firing multiple shots with a single pull of the trigger. Dudley’s criminal history revealed that he has prior felony convictions for burglary, manufacture/delivery of a controlled substance, and being a felon in possession of a firearm, and as such is prohibited from possessing the firearm in this case.

This case is the result of the investigative efforts of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Indiana High Intensity Drug Trafficking Task Force and the East Chicago Police Department. 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.

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