Judges Send East Chicago Man to Jail for Gun Violation | Crime and Courts

Jonathan Miano, Files, The Times

Hammond – A federal judge on Wednesday sentenced an East Chicago man to jail for a firearms violation.

Senior District Court Justice James T. Moody sentenced 37-year-old Michael Hernandez to 57 months in prison.

Hernandez pleaded guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm on July 28, 2021.

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An east Chicago police officer arrested him nine months ago in an undisclosed neighborhood where he was seen trashing and then began to be suspicious of a confrontation.

The officer found Hernandez in possession of a 9mm Taurus Millennium PT 111 Pro pistol with 11 live cartridges. The gun had been reported stolen from Ohio.

The officers later searched Hernandez’s apartment and found a Norinco SKS rifle with 35 live cartridges in it.

Hernandez was illegal to own firearms based on his criminal record, which began at age 11 and included 15 arrests and convictions for trespassing, theft, assault, drug possession and assault with a lethal weapon.

Hernandez told the court that he grew up in a crime and gang-ridden area in east Chicago and slept on the floor many nights to protect himself from stray bullets. He is given medication for health problems and smokes marijuana to reduce his anxiety.

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