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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
Tuesday, February 27, 2024

West Lafayette Man Convicted of Firearms Offense

HAMMOND, Ind. — Markith Dushawn Williams, 38, of West Lafayette, was found guilty of unlawful possession of a firearm by a convicted felon following a two-day jury trial presided over by U.S. District Court Judge Philip P. Simon, announced U.S. Attorney Clifford D. Johnson.

Williams is scheduled for sentencing at a later date. Any specific sentence to be imposed will be determined by the District Court Judge after consideration of federal statutes and the U.S. sentencing guidelines. 

This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives High Intensity Drug Trafficking Task Force and the Hammond Police Department. This case was prosecuted by Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Patrick D. Grindlay and Assistant U.S. Attorney Kristian R. Mukoski.

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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