RP man sentenced in armed robbery spree

November 23, 2017 GMT

SOUTH BEND — A Rolling Prairie man has been sentenced to more than seven years in prison for his role in a string of armed robberies in St. Joseph and La Porte counties.

Nathan Kellogg, 34, was sentenced Tuesday in federal court to 85 months imprisonment followed by one year of supervised release.

An accomplice, Timothy Bennitt, 27, also of Rolling Prairie, was sentenced last week to 180 months in prison followed by two years of supervised release in six armed robberies.

According to documents in this case, Kellogg pleaded guilty to driving the car while Bennitt committed four of the six armed robberies — at the Admiral gas station and a Dollar General store, both in St. Joseph County, on Jan. 12, and at the Blacksmith Shop restaurant in La Porte County and Jet’s Pizza in Mishawaka on Jan. 14.

Bennitt and Kellogg used the money from the robberies on food, lodging and drugs, according to Thomas L. Kirsch II, U.S. attorney for the Northern District of Indiana.

The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation with the assistance of the South Bend Police Department, St. Joseph County Police Department, Mishawaka Police Department and the La Porte County Sheriff’s Department.

District Court Judge Jon E. DeGuilio handed down sentences in both cases. Prosecution of the case was handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney Joel Gabrielse.