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Department of Justice

U.S. Attorney's Office
Northern District of Indiana
Clifford D. Johnson, United States Attorney
For Immediate Release
Wednesday, May 8, 2024

Fort Wayne Man Sentenced to 150 Months in Prison

FORT WAYNE –Brandon K. McBride, 38 years old, of Fort Wayne, Indiana, was sentenced by United States District Court Chief Judge Holly A. Brady after pleading guilty being a felon in possession of a firearm, announced United States Attorney Clifford D. Johnson.

McBride was sentenced to 150 months in prison followed by 2 years of supervised release.

According to documents in the case, on August 1, 2023, just 13 days after being discharged from parole for a felony handgun conviction, McBride was found with a stolen handgun containing a 50 round drum style magazine.  Then on September 22, 2023, McBride was found with three firearms, one of which was a machine gun, in his vehicle after taking officers on an hour-long pursuit through the streets of Fort Wayne and New Haven, in which he struck two police vehicles before being taken into custody.  McBride has eight (8) prior felony convictions and twenty-one (21) misdemeanor convictions.

This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives with assistance from the Fort Wayne Police Department and the New Haven Police Department.  The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Stacey R. Speith.

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.

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