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Department of Justice

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

For Immediate Release

Thursday, May 28, 2020
Thomas L. Kirsch II
, United States Attorney
Contact: Ryan Holmes

Man Charged in Criminal Complaint With Possessing a Firearm as a Felon

HAMMOND- Schickell Best, 32, of Gary, Indiana, was charged in a criminal complaint with possessing a firearm as a previously convicted felon, announced U.S. Attorney Kirsch.

The affidavit supporting the criminal complaint alleges that on May 26, 2020, in Merrillville, Indiana, Lake County Police performed a traffic stop on a vehicle driven by Best. Police recovered two firearms from the vehicle. Best has a prior federal felony conviction for possessing a firearm as a felon and a prior state felony conviction for battery on law enforcement.

The United States Attorney’s Office emphasizes that a criminal complaint is merely an allegation and that all persons are presumed innocent until, and unless proven guilty in court.

If convicted, any specific sentence to be imposed will be determined by the judge after a consideration of federal sentencing statutes and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines.

This case is being investigated by the ATF/HIDTA Task Force and Lake County Police Department. This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Kevin F. Wolff and Caitlin M. Padula.

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