ST. JOSEPH COUNTY, Ind. (WNDU) - A St. Joseph County man at the center of a federal weapons investigation has pleaded guilty.
Lonnie Painter, 57, has been charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm.
He changed his previously not guilty plea at a hearing Wednesday afternoon in federal court.
In March, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives agents raided his home and business. Painter owns Plastic Fabricating and Distributing, which is located in the 200 block of Tutt Street in South Bend.
He could face up to 10 years in prison and a possible $250,000 fine. During sentencing, Painter could get an additional 15 years to life if the judge determines he is an armed career criminal.
Painter was sentenced to 30 years for attempted murder in La Porte County in the early 1990s. He was also convicted of murder in Tennessee.
Painter could be linked to remains of a woman found in Osceola in March.