☷Hammond Man Sentenced to 63 Months in Prison
Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives ( By Press Release office)
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For Firearm Offense HAMMOND - Charles Devon Byron Cook , 32 years old , of Hammond , Indiana , was sentenced by United States District Court Judge James T . Moody on his plea of guilty to being a felon in possession of ammunition , announced United States Attorney Clifford D . Johnson . Cook was sentenced to 63 months in prison followed by 2 years of supervised release . According to documents in the case , on July 15 , 2020 , law enforcement was dispatched to a disturbance and upon arrival , observed Cook toss a loaded 9mm semi - automatic pistol into a vehicle . Law enforcement recovered a loaded extended firearm magazine from Cook’s pocket . Cook’s criminal history indicates that he had previously been convicted of multiple felony offenses , including failing to register as a sex or violent offender , auto theft , carrying a handgun without a license , and felon in possession of a firearm . These convictions prohibited him for possessing a firearm or ammunition . This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol , Tobacco , Firearms and Explosive/Indiana High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Task Force with assistance of the East Chicago Police Department . This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Nicholas J . Padilla . 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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