South Bend man sentenced to 43 years for robbing six local businesses

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A South Bend man has been sentenced to 43 years in prison after he robbed six local businesses between December 2017 and February 2018.

Donyea Fowler, 34, was charged with six counts of Hobbs Act robbery, one count of Felon in Possession of a Firearm, and six counts of Brandishing a Firearm During and in Relation to a Crime of Violence.

According to court documents, Fowler robbed six South Bend-area businesses at gun point. He reportedly stole cash, change, lottery tickets, liquor and tobacco products.

Fowler was connected to all six robberies, in part, because he committed them while wearing the same clothing: maroon sweat pants, a hooded sweatshirt, a mask, gloves and sneakers. He also used a blue satchel to carry the loot in almost every instance.

At the time of Fowler’s arrest, police found the blue satchel, a gray glove and a loaded chrome-colored handgun in the trunk of a car. Police also found a picture of stolen items from the robbery that occurred in January 2018 on Fowler’s cell phone.

Friday, he was sentenced to 516 months in prison, two years of supervised release and ordered to pay $7,253.19 in restitution.

He has four prior felony convictions.

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