For Immediate Release
South Bend Man Sentenced to 68 Months in Prison
For Firearms Offense
SOUTH BEND – Jonnie Jones-Gunn, 31 years old, of South Bend, Indiana, was sentenced by United States District Court Judge Damon R. Leichty on his plea of guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm, announced United States Attorney Clifford D. Johnson.
Jones-Gunn was sentenced to 68 months in prison followed by 2 years of supervised release.
According to documents in the case, in March of 2021, police officers tried to pull over Jones-Gunn while he was driving more than 20 miles per hour over the speed limit. Jones-Gunn led officers on a short pursuit before stopping his car. Officers recovered a stolen gun with a 30-round capacity magazine from his vehicle. Jones-Gunn’s prior multiple felony convictions, any one of which prohibits him from possessing a firearm, include attempted robbery, burglary, and being a felon carrying a handgun.
This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives with the assistance of the St. Joseph County Sheriff’s Department. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Jerome McKeever.
This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and gun violence, and to make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. On May 26, 2021, the Department launched a violent crime reduction strategy strengthening PSN based on these core principles: fostering trust and legitimacy in our communities, supporting community-based organizations that help prevent violence from occurring in the first place, setting focused and strategic enforcement priorities, and measuring the results.