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Department of Justice

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

For Immediate Release

Tuesday, October 6, 2020
Thomas L Kirsch II
, United States Attorney
Contact: Ryan Holmes

Michigan City Man Convicted Following 2-Day Jury Trial

SOUTH BEND – Rapheal Seay, age 30, of Michigan City, Indiana was convicted of being a felon in possession of a firearm, announced U.S. Attorney Kirsch.

U.S. District Court Judge Jon E. DeGuilio presided over this 2-day trial. 

According to evidence presented at trial, in December of 2019 Mr. Seay was driving in Michigan City with a loaded 9 millimeter firearm that had an extended magazine. Police officers pulled his car over and recovered the firearm. During a later interview, Mr. Seay told investigators that he had the gun for protection and had bought it in South Bend a month previously. At the time of the offense, Mr. Seay was on federal supervised release for being a felon in possession of a firearm.

The case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives with the assistance of the Michigan City Police Department and LaPorte County Drug Task Force.  The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Molly E. Donnelly and Jerome W. McKeever. 

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