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Department of Justice

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

For Immediate Release

Thursday, July 19, 2018
Thomas L Kirsch, II
, United States Attorney
Contact: Ryan Holmes

Michigan City Man Sentenced to 188 Months in Prison

For Being a Felon in Possession of a Firearm and Possession with Intent to Distribute Cocaine

SOUTH BEND – Joseph Antonio Williams, 29 years old, of Michigan, Indiana, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Jon E. DeGuilio, for being a felon in possession of a firearm and having possession with the intent to distribute cocaine, announced U.S. Attorney Thomas L. Kirsch II.

Williams was sentenced to 188 months in prison followed by 3 years supervised release.
According to documents in the case, a controlled buy was set up with Williams.  During the buy, Joseph Williams was caught selling 1.7 grams of cocaine.  After the buy, law enforcement saw Williams remove a screen from a window on the side of a house.  As it was suspected that Williams was breaking and entering into a residence, officers drove to the scene, where Williams fled on foot.  After a foot chase, police caught Williams and found a firearm in his pants pocket.
This case was investigated by ATF, Michigan City Police Department, and prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Luke N. Reilander.
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