For Immediate Release
South Bend, Indiana Man Sentenced
For Felon In Possession Of A Firearm
SOUTH BEND - Joshua Banks, age 32, of South Bend, Indiana was sentenced before South Bend District Court Judge Jon E. DeGuilio for felon in possession of a firearm, announced U.S. Attorney Kirsch.
Mr. Banks was sentenced to 46 months’ imprisonment followed by 1 year of supervised release.
According to documents in this case, Mr. Banks was supposed to be serving a sentence at a community corrections facility in South Bend, but instead stole a pick up and drove it until it ran out of gas. Police saw Mr. Banks walking along a street with a backpack and a gas can. Police tried to approach him, but Mr. Banks fled. Mr. Banks was eventually caught and arrested. After retracing Mr. Banks’ route, police located the backpack and gas can as well as a stolen handgun. Banks has five felony convictions, at least four of which involved violence or threats of violence, and eleven misdemeanor convictions. Banks has four pending state criminal cases when he was sentenced.
This case was investigated by ATF with the assistance of the South Bend Police Department. The case was handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney Joel Gabrielse.