South Bend man sentenced for being a felon in possession of a firearm


By: Tabitha Waggoner

SOUTH BEND – A 20-year-old South Bend man was sentenced Friday, April 10, for being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Isaiah M. Samelton was sentenced to 42 months in prison and three years of supervised release, announced David Capp, U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Indiana in a news release.

According to documents in the case, Samelton, a convicted felon, was caught on May 1, 2014, carrying a semi-automatic pistol that was loaded and had a road in the chamber on May 1, 2014. Samelton fled from police going more than 100 mph when he tossed the loaded gun from his car. The gun was later recovered by police. 

This case was the result of an investigation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Indiana State Police, and the South Bend Police Department.