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

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A 29-year-old South Bend man has been sentenced in federal court for being a felon in possession of a firearm.

It was back on April 22, when Marvin Tobar, stood in the middle of the 500 block of Birdsell Avenue in South Bend and fired 20 rounds from a .223 caliber rifle. Another man fired at least one shot from a handgun.

At least one vehicle was struck by a bullet.

Several witnesses came outside, met police, and talked about the incident.

After firing his rifle, Tobar ran inside a nearby house, hid the rifle in a crawlspace and hid the magazine in a closet.

When police found the gun, the magazine was empty but the rifle still had one live round in the chamber.

Tobar has three prior convictions for misdemeanors and two prior felonies. One of his prior felonies involved Tobar taking a loaded rifle onto school property.

In 2011, Tobar was convicted of reckless homicide when he pulled a handgun and began shooting during a confrontation. When others joined him, a man was killed.

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