Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney's Office
Northern District of Indiana
For Immediate Release
Thursday, March 30, 2017
, United States Attorney
Clifford D. Johnson
Contact: Ryan Holmes
Michigan City Man Sentenced to 78 Months Imprisonment
Chicago Field Division
SOUTH BEND – Acting United States Attorney for the Northern District of Indiana, Clifford D. Johnson, announced that Lonnie Lewis, Jr., 22, of Michigan City, Indiana was sentenced before South Bend District Court Judge Jon E. DeGuilio after entering a guilty plea for being a felon in possession of a firearm.
Lewis was sentenced to 78 months’ imprisonment and 2 year supervised release.
According to documents filed in this case, on September 9, 2016, police attempted to perform a traffic stop on Lewis. Instead of submitting, Lewis fled in a vehicle at speeds approaching 100 miles per hour. While fleeing, Lewis tossed a loaded gun and drugs out of the window. Police arrested the defendant after his car hit a tree. After being arrested, Lewis tried to enlist others to retrieve his gun and drugs from the route of pursuit. In August of 2015 Lewis was convicted of dealing cocaine, a level 4 felony offense in LaPorte Superior Court.
This case was the result of an investigation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Michigan City Police Department. This case was being handled by Assistant United States Attorney Joel Gabrielse.