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Felon stopped in LP County gets 21 years

January 4, 2019

SOUTH BEND – A man who was initially pulled over in La Porte County has been sentenced to more than 20 years in prison after being found guilty of being a felon in possession of a handgun, according to police.

Marvin Cates, 43, of South Bend, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Robert L. Miller Jr. to 262 months in federal prison followed by 2 years of supervised release for being a felon in possession of a firearm, according to the La Porte County Sheriff’s Department.

Cates was initially arrested following a traffic stop by sheriff’s officers on April 29, 2018. He was pulled over deputies found a loaded .38 caliber revolver on the front seat of the car, according to the sheriff’s department.

Cates also had nearly 20 grams of heroin and over 5 grams of crack cocaine in the car, and admitted he was on his way from Chicago to South Bend to break down the heroin and crack cocaine to sell, according to police.

He had previously been convicted of multiple felonies, including three armed robberies, that qualify him as an “armed career criminal,” police said.

The case was investigated by the sheriff’s department and the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

—From staff reports

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