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Department of Justice

U.S. Attorney's Office
Northern District of Indiana
For Immediate Release
Clifford D. Johnson, United States Attorney
Tuesday, June 14, 2022

Gary Man Sentenced to 37 Months in Prison

HAMMOND- Jalen Sanders, 19 years old, of Gary, Indiana was sentenced by United States District Court Judge Philip P. Simon on his plea of guilty to possessing a machinegun, announced United States Attorney Clifford D. Johnson.

Sanders was sentenced to 37 months in prison followed by 2 years of supervised release.

According to documents in the case, a few days after a shooting incident, in July 2021, law enforcement discovered that Sanders had made a Snapchat video showing him displaying firearms; one appeared to be a machinegun. A subsequent search warrant of Sanders’ home revealed a Glock firearm that had been modified to be a fully automatic weapon with a conversion device known as a “Glock Switch”. The firearm was also equipped with a 50 round drum magazine.

This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation with assistance from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Caitlin M. Padula.

This case was prosecuted as part of the joint federal, state, and local Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) Program, the centerpiece of the Department of Justice’s violent crime reduction efforts. PSN is an evidence-based program proven to be effective at reducing violent crime. Through PSN, a broad spectrum of stakeholders work together to identify the most pressing violent crime problems in the community and develop comprehensive solutions to address them. As part of this strategy, PSN focuses enforcement efforts on the most violent offenders and partners with locally based prevention and reentry programs for lasting reductions in crime.

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