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Department of Justice

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

For Immediate Release

Tuesday, April 17, 2018
Thomas L Kirsch II
, United States Attorney
Contact: Ryan Holmes

Mishawaka Man Sentenced

For Being A Felon In Possession Of A Firearm

SOUTH BEND – Deandre Watson, 38, of Mishawaka, Indiana, was sentenced before South Bend District Court Judge Robert Miller, Jr for being a felon in possession of a firearm, announced U.S. Attorney Kirsch. 


Watson was sentenced to 88 months imprisonment followed by 18 months of supervised release. 


According to documents in this case, on September 30, 2016, Watson believing a man acted inappropriately towards his daughters, sought out that man in a nearby apartment building despite the fact that Watson had made a police report about that man earlier that day.  Watson visited the man’s apartment with his daughters as well as a loaded 9mm handgun.  Wilson hit the man with the firearm and locked the man in the trunk of his own car.  The man’s girlfriend called police who arrived at the scene.  Watson has been convicted of three other felony offenses prior to this incident.     


This case was investigated by the ATF with the assistance of the Mishawaka and South Bend Police Departments.  The case was handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney Molly E. Donnelly. 



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