Tue. May 28th, 2024

An Indiana man has been arrested and charged in connection with the shooting death of a 16-year-old boy on South Bend’s southeast side last weekend.

South Bend Police officers responded to reports of a shooting in the 500 block of Pennsylvania Avenue back on Oct. 21. When they arrived, they found 16-year-old Noelle Riggins in a lawn on that block suffering from apparent gunshot wounds.

Riggins was pronounced dead at the scene. An autopsy later confirmed he died from multiple gunshot wounds.

The South Bend Police Department’s Violent Crimes Unit ultimately identified 39-year-old Sidney Hockaday as a suspect.

According to the Probable Cause Affidavit, Hockaday “spontaneously and voluntarily surrendered himself at the South Bend Police Department without being called or summoned to come in by police.”

Hockaday has been charged with:

  • Murder
  • Dealing in marijuana, a level 6 felony count
  • Dealing in marijuana, a level 5 felony count
  • Firearm enhancement

Hockaday is currently at the St. Joseph County Jail.

The sentencing range for murder is 45 to 65 years. The sentencing range for a level 5 felony is one to six years. The sentencing range for a level 6 felony is six months to two and-a-half years. The sentencing range for a firearm enhancement is five to 20 years.

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By Buffy Gunner

Independent Journalist + Business Owner | Lover of all things true crime. Mantra: Only YOU can be YOU. | Los Angeles Born | buffygunner@illicitdeeds.com