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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
Thursday, July 20, 2023

Rochester Man Sentenced to 33 Months in Prison

SOUTH BEND, Ind. – Justin Overholser, 40, of Rochester, Indiana, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Jon E. DeGuilio after pleading guilty to theft of firearms from a federal firearms licensee, announced U.S. Attorney Clifford D. Johnson.

Overholser was sentenced to 33 months in prison followed by 2 years of supervised release.

According to documents in the case, in September 2021, Overholser broke into the store of a federal firearms licensee and stole 11 firearms and several boxes of ammunition. He caused over $2,000 in damage and left the store with firearms valued at over $10,000. Overholser later sold the stolen guns for drugs and money.

This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives with the assistance of the Indiana State Police and the Logansport Police Department. This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Joel Gabrielse and Katelan McKenzie Doyle.

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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