For Immediate Release
Thursday, March 9, 2017
, United States Attorney
Contact: Ryan Holmes
Mason France Indicted For Firearm Offenses
Field Division: Chicago Field Division
SOUTH BEND – The United States Attorney for the Northern District of Indiana, David Capp, announced an indictment charging Mason France, 19, of Winona Lake, Indiana with one count of possession of stolen firearms, one count of possession of a firearm while under felony Information and one count of selling a firearm to a juvenile.
According to documents in this case, on December of 2016, France received one or more firearms while pending a felony Information, and in December of 2016 and January of 2017 he possessed stolen firearms. In January of 2017, France sold a handgun to a juvenile.
The United States Attorney's Office emphasized that an Indictment is merely an allegation and that all persons charged are presumed innocent until, and unless, proven guilty in court.
If convicted in court, 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 investigation was conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives in coordination with the Fulton County Sheriff’s Department, the North Manchester Police Department and the Wabash County Sheriff’s Department. This case is being handled by Assistant United States Attorney Molly E. Donnelly.