For Immediate Release
South Bend, Indiana Man Sentenced To 64 Months In Prison
For Felon in Possession of a Firearm
SOUTH BEND - Marvin Tobar, age 29, of South Bend, Indiana, was sentenced before South Bend District Court Judge Jon E. DeGuilio for possession of a firearm after having been convicted of a felony offense, announced U.S. Attorney Kirsch.
Tobar was sentenced to 64 months in prison followed by 1 year of supervised release.
According to documents in this case, on the afternoon of April 22, 2018, Tobar stood in the road in a neighborhood in South Bend and fired twenty (20) rounds from a .223 caliber rifle. Another man fired at least one shot from a handgun. At least one vehicle that was parked down the street from the incident was struck by a bullet. Numerous people were at home and present when Tobar fired his rifle. Several witnesses came outside, met police, and talked about the incident. After firing his rifle, Tobar ran inside a nearby house, hid the rifle in a crawlspace and hid the magazine in a closet. When police found the gun, the magazine was empty but the rifle still had one live round in the chamber. Tobar has three prior convictions for misdemeanors and two prior felonies. One of his prior felonies involved Tobar taking a loaded rifle onto school property. In 2011, Tobar was convicted of reckless homicide when he pulled a handgun and began shooting during a confrontation. When others joined him, a man was killed.
This case was investigated by ATF with assistance from the South Bend Police Department. The case was handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney Joel Gabrielse.