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United States of America v. Rex Hammond
Case Number: 3:18-cr-00005-RLM-MGG
Judge: Herbert L. Miller, Jr.
Court: United States District Court for the Northern District of Indiana (St. Joseph County)
Plaintiff's Attorney: Molly E. Donnelly and Luke N. Beilander
Defendant's Attorney: Nicholas T. Otis
South Bend, IN - Elkhart Man Convicted Following 4-Day Jury Trial
Rex Hammond, age 54, of Elkhart, Indiana was convicted on 5 counts of Hobbs Act Robbery, 2 counts of brandishing a firearm during a crime of violence and 1 count of being a felon in possession of a firearm, announced U.S. Attorney Kirsch.
According to evidence presented at trial, from October 6 through October 27, 2017, Mr. Hammond conducted a series of robberies of gas stations and a liquor store located in Logansport, Peru, Auburn, Decatur and Logansport, Indiana, each while brandishing a firearm. Prior to the armed robberies involved in this federal trial, Mr. Hammond had other felony armed robbery convictions.
The case was investigated ATF; FBI; Indiana State Police; Logansport Police Department; Peru Police Department; Auburn Police Department; Portage, Michigan Department of Public Safety; Kalamazoo, Michigan Department of Public Safety; Decatur Police Department; and Marshall County Sheriffís Office. Assistance to the case was provided by the following agencies: Cass County Prosecutorís Office; Miami County Prosecutorís Office; DeKalb County Prosecutorís Office; Adams County Prosecutorís Office; and Marshall County Prosecutorís Office.
Outcome: 04/11/2019 82 JURY TRIAL (Day 4) as to Rex Hammond held on 4/11/2019 before Judge Robert L Miller, Jr. Govt appeared by attys M. Donnelly, L. Reilander. Dft appeared with atty N. Otis. Final Instructions Conference held. Jurors present. Government rests. Defense rests. Final Instructions read to jury. Closing arguments heard. Deliberations begin. Jury returns GUILTY verdict on counts 1-8. Jurors excused. Sentencing set for 7/15/2019 09:00 AM in US District Court - South Bend before Judge Robert L Miller Jr. Sentencing Memoranda and Motions related to sentencing due by 7/8/2019. Defendant REMANDED to custody of US Marshal. (Court Reporter D. Bonk.) (dk) (Entered: 04/11/2019)