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LOS ANGELES – As part of a joint federal-state law enforcement action targeting the Rancho San Pedro street gang, authorities this morning unsealed two federal grand jury indictments that charge 14 members and associates of the gang with narcotics and firearms offenses.

INDIANAPOLIS- On Wednesday, June 19, 2019 at 3:30 p.m. the SDIN and Federal law enforcement acknowledged the pursuit of excellence demonstrated by federal Special Agents, Task Force Officers, Analysts, and Victim/Witness Coordinators.  The ceremony and all day training was sponsored by United States Attorney Josh J. Minkler and held at the Indiana War Memorial.

The awards were broken down by three categories: Innovation, Perseverance, and Trailblazer.

SOUTH BEND – Howard Fleming III, age 24, of Indianapolis, Indiana, was sentenced before United States District Court Judge Jon E. DeGuilio upon his plea of guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm and possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, announced U.S. Attorney Kirsch. 

Fleming was sentenced to 97 months in prison followed by 2 years of supervised release. 

A Lima man with a long history of violence was sentenced to 15 years in federal prison for having firearms.

Benjamin Frieson, 47, previously pleaded guilty to two counts of being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Frieson possessed a GSG .22-caliber rifle and a Taurus 9 mm pistol on July 14, 2019, according to court documents.

Frieson was prohibited from having firearms because of multiple previous convictions, including for aggravated assault, felonious assault on a peace officer, aggravated assault and attempted robbery.

OUTH BEND - Reginald Blackburn, age 26, of Mishawka, Indiana, was sentenced before United States District Court Judge Jon E. DeGuilio for Conspiracy to Distribute Heroin, announced U.S. Attorney Kirsch. 

Blackburn was sentenced to 84 months in prison followed by 5 years of supervised release. 

Three people were indicted in federal court for firearms violations.

Indicted are: Jaquar Keyshore Latimer, 42, of Akron; Alfred Werman, 27, of Garfield Heights, and Brittney N. McTier, 31, of Cleveland.

BOSTON – A Randolph man was sentenced yesterday in federal court in Boston for distributing fentanyl. 

Giovany Fouyolle, 24, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge William G. Young to 75 months in prison, four years of supervised release, during which time Fouyolle is prohibited from being in contact with gang members and associates, and ordered to pay forfeiture of $10,500.  In March 2019, Fouyolle pleaded guilty to distribution of more than 40 grams of fentanyl.

Portland, Maine: United States Attorney Halsey B. Frank announced that Michael Rickett, 23, of Saco, was sentenced today in U.S. District Court by Judge D. Brock Hornby to 27 months in prison and three years of supervised release for selling an unregistered destructive device. Rickett pled guilty to the charge on February 21, 2019.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – A Wood County man who operated a pawn shop in Mineral Wells pled guilty to a federal gun charge, announced United States Attorney Mike Stuart.  Alonzo Clark Nichols, 38, entered a guilty plea to possession of an unregistered machine gun.  Stuart commended the investigative efforts of the Parkersburg Narcotics Task Force (PNTF) and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF).  

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – A Columbia, Missouri, man, who displayed a firearm during a drive-by shooting at a local convenience store, pleaded guilty in federal court today to illegally possessing a firearm.

Victor Seth Kee, 20, pleaded guilty before U.S. Magistrate Judge Willie J. Epps, Jr., to being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Jacksonville, FL – United States Attorney Maria Chapa Lopez announces the return of an indictment charging Cornelius Michael Turner (32, Jacksonville) with possessing a firearm as a convicted felon, possession with the intent to distribute cocaine, and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime. If convicted, Turner faces a mandatory minimum penalty of 20 years, and up to life, in federal prison. 

Scores of suspected criminals were arrested and dozens of firearms seized as part of “Operation Steel Penguin,” which targeted people believed to illegally possess firearms.

It is a joint operation between the Youngstown Police Department, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Ohio Adult Parole Authority, U.S. Attorney’s Office and Mahoning County Prosecutor’s Office.

PHOENIX – On June 17, 2019, Mardino Nathaniel George, 33, of Pinon, Ariz., was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Douglas L. Rayes to 15 years’ imprisonment. George had previously pleaded guilty to two counts of illegal weapons possession in violation of the National Firearms Act.

HAMMOND- Ten additional members of the criminal street gang, the Latin Dragon Nation, have been charged with racketeering conspiracy and other related offenses in a fourth superseding indictment unsealed today, announced U.S. Attorney Kirsch. 

PADUCAH, Ky. – United States District Court Senior Judge Thomas B. Russell sentenced Kyle W. Humphrey to two years imprisonment followed by three years of supervised release for stealing pre-retail prescription medications, mislabeling prescription medication in order to defraud or mislead, and wrongful use of health information; the defendant was also a prohibited person in possession of a firearm, announced United States Attorney Russell Coleman. Humphrey was also ordered to pay restitution of $21,216.94 to the three victim pharmacies in Kentucky, Illinois, and Idaho.

Bangor, Maine:  United States Attorney Halsey B. Frank announced that Floyd Chase, 49, of Brewer, Maine, was sentenced yesterday in U.S. District Court by Judge Nancy Torresen to three years in prison and three years of supervised release for conspiracy to make false statements to a federal firearms licensee.   He pled guilty on November 26, 2018.

BOISE – David William Fischer, 33, of Kuna, was sentenced to 360 months in federal prison for possession of over five grams of methamphetamine with intent to distribute, unlawful possession of firearms, and possession of firearms in furtherance of drug trafficking, U.S. Attorney Bart M. Davis announced today.  U.S. District Judge B. Lynn Winmill also sentenced Fischer to eight years of supervised release once he has completed his prison term.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The leader and the enforcer of a drug-trafficking organization that distributed more than 45 kilograms of methamphetamine in the Kansas City metropolitan area were sentenced in federal court today.

Jennifer Gladman-Carnall, 37, of Kansas City, Missouri, and Michael Keavney, 42, of Kearney, Missouri, were sentenced in separate appearances before U.S. District Judge Roseann Ketchmark.

RALEIGH – United States Attorney Robert J. Higdon, Jr. announced that today in federal court, United States District Judge Louise W. Flanagan sentenced KEVIN EARL ELROD, 28, of Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina to 197 months imprisonment, followed by 5 years of supervised release.

ELROD was named in an Indictment filed on July 18, 2018 charging him with Robbery of a Business Engaged in Interstate Commerce and Brandishing and Discharging a Firearm in Furtherance of that Crime of Violence. On March 13, 2019, ELROD pled guilty to those charges.

Tampa, Florida – U.S. District Judge Virginia M. Hernandez Covington has sentenced Tyrone Yancey (49, Sarasota) to 15 years in federal prison for possessing a firearm and ammunition as a convicted felon. The court also ordered Yancey to forfeit the firearms and ammunition. Yancey had pleaded guilty on March 27, 2019.

United States Attorney Richard W. Moore of the Southern District of Alabama announced that United States District Court Chief Judge Kristi K. DuBose sentenced co-defendants Ernestine Arlecia Brazile, Taralicia Petrice Witherspoon, and Nicole Lasha Lewis on June 14, 2019 for their roles in conducting a drug conspiracy to traffic methamphetamine in violation of 21 USC § 846.  Brazile and Witherspoon were each ordered to serve a term of imprisonment of 121 months followed by 5 years of supervised release.  Lewis received a time served sentence followed by 3 years of supervised release.

John H. Durham, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that EDWARD LUGO, 38, of New Haven, was sentenced today by Vanessa L. Bryant in Hartford to 21 months of imprisonment, followed by three years of supervised release, for illegally possessing firearms and ammunition.

According to court documents, on September 19, 2018, Lugo possessed a 9mm Kel-Tec Model P-11 pistol, an AR-style pistol with no serial number, and more than 100 rounds of assorted ammunition.

Charleston, South Carolina --- United States Attorney Sherri A. Lydon announced today that Rashaun Allen Judge, 33, of North Charleston, was sentenced to 10 years in federal prison after pleading guilty to possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.

Baltimore, Maryland – U.S. District Judge Richard D. Bennett sentenced Terrel Edward Elliott, Jr., age 24, of Baltimore, Maryland, today to 15 years in federal prison, followed by three years of supervised release, for unlicensed dealing in firearms and for being a felon in possession of firearms and ammunition.  Elliott admitted that he was dealing in firearms less than two months after his release from prison for a first-degree assault conviction in Howard County.

Greenbelt, Maryland – U.S. District Judge Paul W. Grimm sentenced Russell Lee Battle, age 54, of Clinton, Maryland, on June 17, 2019, to 15 years in federal prison, followed by three years of supervised release, for possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine and marijuana.

A former bank robber who armed himself with nine firearms to protect his extensive drug dealing business, was sentenced today in U.S. District Court in Seattle to twelve years in prison for three federal felonies, announced U.S. Attorney Brian T. Moran. KEVIN TA, 31, of Des Moines, Washington, came to the attention of law enforcement in May 2018, when two Burien brothers overdosed on fentanyl within hours of each other. One brother did not survive. Electronic communications between TA and one victim suggested TA supplied the drugs. U.S. District Judge John C.
LOS ANGELES – A Lakewood father and son who were charged with illegally selling dozens of firearms – including an AR-type rifle and machine guns – as well as ammunition and cocaine to undercover law enforcement agents have been convicted of federal firearms- and narcotics-related offenses.
 
CHICAGO — A federal jury has convicted a Chicago man of shooting an agent from the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives.
 
ERNESTO GODINEZ shot the agent on May 4, 2018, in the Back of the Yards neighborhood of Chicago. At the time of the early morning shooting, the agent and several other law enforcement officers were conducting a covert law enforcement activity in the 4300 block of South Hermitage Avenue. The agent was wounded but survived, and he testified at the trial.
 

Tampa, Florida – United States Attorney Maria Chapa Lopez announces that a federal jury has found Terry Alonzo Wilson (53, Tampa) guilty of conspiracy to commit robbery, robbery, brandishing a firearm during a robbery, and possessing a firearm as a convicted felon. Wilson faces a mandatory minimum penalty of seven years, up to life, in federal prison.

BOISE – Rebecca Friday Spinler, 39, of Garden City, was sentenced to 120 months in federal prison for possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking offense, U.S. Attorney Bart M. Davis announced today. Chief U.S. District Judge David C. Nye also sentenced Spinler to five years of supervised release once she has completed her prison term.

ALBUQUERQUE – Ethan Guillen, 20, of Albuquerque, N.M., pleaded guilty in federal court yesterday to charges stemming from an incident in 2017 where he entered his former girlfriend’s home without permission and planted a bomb underneath her bed.
 

John H. Durham, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, today announced that SHAQUILLE PEARSON, 25, of New Haven, pleaded guilty yesterday in Hartford federal court to being a felon in possession of a firearm, and also admitted that he violated the conditions of his supervised release from a prior federal firearm conviction.

Portland, Maine: United States Attorney Halsey B. Frank announced that Scott Estes, 38, of Sabattus, Maine pled guilty yesterday in U.S. District Court to possessing a stolen firearm and possessing a firearm after having been convicted of felony offenses.

NEWARK, N.J. – Twenty-seven people have been charged for their roles as members, associates, and suppliers of a Newark-based drug-trafficking organization that distributed heroin and crack cocaine and used firearms to protect their illegal operation, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced today.

United States Attorney Erica H. MacDonald announced the conviction of MARIO MARTELL SPENCER, 34, AHMED OSMAN FARAH, 32, for the armed robbery of a Minneapolis convenience store. Following a six-day trial before U.S. District Judge Wilhelmina M. Wright, the jury found SPENCER and FARAH guilty on all counts.
 

United States Attorney Erica H. MacDonald today announced the guilty pleas of LENNIE DWAYNE BROOKS, 33, and RANDY LORENZO BROOKS, 24, to three counts each of interference with commerce by robbery, known as the Hobbs Act. The defendants entered their guilty pleas today before Senior Judge David S. Doty in U.S. District Court in Minneapolis, Minnesota. On May 14, 2019, co-defendants AUTUMN MARIE NICHOLS, 20, and ESPERANZA CARDENAS, 29, each pleaded guilty to one count of aiding and abetting interference with commerce by robbery.

John H. Durham, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that PATRICK ROGERS, 39, of Waterbury, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Jeffrey A. Meyer in New Haven to 33 months of imprisonment, followed by three years of supervised release, for illegally possessing firearms.            

SAN DIEGO – Obediah Breer, Escondido resident and member of the Hell’s Angels motorcycle gang, was sentenced yesterday in federal court to 12 years in prison for distributing methamphetamine.

The charges stemmed from two incidents in August and September of 2018 outlined in his January plea agreement. Breer was arrested on state charges on August 15, 2018, when the Oceanside Police Department’s SWAT team executed a search warrant on his Escondido residence and discovered cocaine, methamphetamine, pharmaceutical pills and a firearm.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – A Kansas City, Mo., man was convicted in a bench trial today of illegally possessing a firearm.
 
Carl D. Edwards, 38, was found guilty by U.S. District Judge Stephen R. Bough of being a felon in possession of a firearm.
 
CONCORD – Guillermo Garcia Esquivel, 36, of Manchester, was indicted in federal court for committing six armed robberies, United States Attorney Scott W. Murray announced today.
 
The charges resulted from an investigation into a string of armed robberies of convenience stores in Manchester, New Hampshire. The defendant is charged with committing six separate armed robberies at various Manchester convenience stores between January 5, 2019, and February 24, 2019.
 

A Cleveland man with a history of violent crimes was sentenced to more than three years in prison for having a firearm.

Miquel D. Jones, 49, was sentenced to 42 months in prison. He previously pleaded guilty to being a felon in possession of firearms.

SCRANTON – The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that on June 11, 2019, David Alzugaray-Lugones, age 50, a Cuban refugee from Weatherly, Pennsylvania, was sentenced to 27 months’ imprisonment and three years of supervised release, by United States District Court Judge Malachy E. Mannion, for drug trafficking offenses.

HARRISBURG - The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that Donald Jackson, age 33, of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, was indicted on June 12, 2019, by a federal grand jury on drug trafficking and firearms charges.

According to United States Attorney David J. Freed, the indictment alleges that Jackson distributed cocaine base, also known as crack cocaine, possessed with intent to distribute marijuana and methamphetamine, and illegally possessed a Ruger 9mm pistol in furtherance of drug trafficking and as a previously convicted felon.

HARRISBURG—The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that Robert Hendrix, Jr., age 39, of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, was sentenced on June 13, 2019, by United States District Court Judge Sylvia H. Rambo to 262 months’ imprisonment to be followed by six years of supervised release for drug trafficking and firearms offenses.

According to United States Attorney David J. Freed, Hendrix previously admitted to possessing with the intent to distribute crack cocaine and possessing multiple firearms as a previously convicted felon.

Portland, Maine:  United States Attorney Halsey B. Frank announced that Cameron Soto, 26, of Fairhaven, Massachusetts, pleaded guilty yesterday in U.S. District Court to distribution of fentanyl.

According to court records, on March 14, 2017, the defendant distributed fentanyl to a resident of St. George, Maine who died as a result.  The following day, the defendant distributed fentanyl to a person working with law enforcement.

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WASHINGTON – Anthony Fields, 45, of Washington, D.C., was sentenced today to 16 years in prison stemming from his leadership role in a large-scale narcotics conspiracy, announced U.S. Attorney Jessie K. Liu, Ashan M. Benedict, Special Agent in Charge of the Washington Field Division of the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), and Peter Newsham, Chief of the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD).

Jackson, TN – A Humboldt man has been sentenced to federal prison for being a felon in possession of a firearm.  U.S. Attorney D. Michael Dunavant announced the sentence today.
 
MADISON, WIS. – Scott C. Blader, United States Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin, announced that Jesse Turnmire, 30, Bangor, Wisconsin, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge James D. Peterson, to five years in federal prison, for possessing firearms as a convicted felon.  Turnmire pleaded guilty to this charge on March 15, 2019.  His prison term will be followed by a three-year period of supervised release.       
 

SOUTH BEND – Mario Ward II, age 23, of LaPorte, Indiana, was sentenced before United States District Court Judge Robert L. Miller, Jr. upon his plea of guilty to 2 counts of being a felon in possession of a firearm, announced U.S. Attorney Kirsch. 

Ward was sentenced to 60 months in prison followed by 2 years of supervised release. 

HAMMOND-Robert Nieto, also known as “Cowboy,” 45, of Gary, Indiana, and a member of the Chicago-based Latin Kings, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Phillip Simon following his conviction at trial last May of conspiracy to participate in racketeering activity and conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute cocaine and marijuana, announced U.S. Attorney Kirsch.    

Nieto was sentenced to Life in prison followed by 5 years of supervised release.                

NEW BERN – United States Attorney Robert J. Higdon, Jr. announced that in federal court, before Chief United States District Judge Terrence W. Boyle, CALVIN MARK WILSON, also known as “Bali,” 35, of New Bern, North Carolina was sentenced to 35 years (420 months) in federal prison for conspiring to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute one thousand (1,000) grams or more of heroin and a quantity of marijuana.    

SANTA ANA, California – Nine defendants have been arrested in Orange County following a six-month investigation that led to numerous firearms- and narcotic-related charges.
 
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) began the investigation in September of 2018 working with local law enforcement to arrest individuals suspected of trafficking firearms, heroin and methamphetamine.
 

Tampa, Florida – U.S. District Judge Steven D. Merryday today sentenced Guillermo Ramirez, Jr. (46, Ruskin) to 15 years in federal prison for knowingly possessing a firearm as a convicted felon. Ramirez had pleaded guilty on March 27, 2019.

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – A Sarcoxie, Missouri man who was earlier charged with illegally possessing firearms and ammunition has been indicted by a federal grand jury on additional charges of illegally possessing an unregistered silencer and selector switches to convert semi-automatic firearms into machine guns.
SOUTH BEND – Jaronna Groves, age 22, of South Bend, Indiana, was sentenced before United States District Court Judge Robert L. Miller, Jr. upon her plea of guilty to possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime and possessing with intent to distribute fentanyl, announced U.S. Attorney Kirsch. 
 
Groves was sentenced to 72 months in prison followed by 2 years of supervised release. 
 

MADISON, WIS. - Scott C. Blader, United States Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin, announced that Louis S. Boatner, 44, Madison, Wisconsin, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge James D. Peterson to 10 years in federal prison, followed by a four-year term of supervised release, for possessing over a kilogram of cocaine with intent to distribute, and possessing six loaded handguns in furtherance of that drug trafficking offense.  Boatner pleaded guilty to these charges on March 5, 2019.

MADISON, WIS. – Scott C. Blader, United States Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin, announced that Kevin F. Thomas, 31, Madison, Wisconsin, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge William M. Conley, to five years in federal prison for possessing a firearm as a convicted felon.  Thomas pleaded guilty to these charges on February 1, 2019.  His prison term will be followed by a three-year period of supervised release.
 
A Cleveland man was convicted of illegally having ammunition.
 
Joshua Walker, 34, is scheduled to be sentenced September 25. A jury convicted him of being a felon in possession of ammunition.
 
Walker possessed 9 mm Luger shell casings on October 25, 2017, before and during an altercation at a Cleveland bar where Walker shot and killed someone, according to trial testimony.
 
John H. Durham, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that TERRANCE CLARK, also known as “T-Time,” 24, of Bridgeport, pleaded guilty today before U.S. District Judge Jeffrey A. Meyer in New Haven to firearm offenses.
 

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – A Kansas City, Mo., man was convicted at trial today of illegally possessing a firearm and of possessing methamphetamine.

Clarence Brooks, 51, was found guilty of being a felon in possession of a firearm, possessing methamphetamine, and carrying a firearm during and in relation to a drug-trafficking offense.

The Office of the United States Attorney for the District of Vermont announced that Veronica Lewis was charged yesterday by Criminal Complaint in U.S. District Court with unlawfully possessing a firearm after having been adjudicated as mentally defective, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 922(g)(4), and possessing a stolen firearm, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 922(j).  Lewis was arrested this morning, and will appear today in federal court in Burlington.
 

Baltimore, Maryland – Chief U.S. District Judge James K. Bredar sentenced Manuel Martinez-Aguilar, a/k/a “El Lunatic” and “Zomb”, age 20, of Annapolis, Maryland, today to 24 years in federal prison, followed by five years of supervised release, for conspiracy to participate in a racketeering enterprise and for using, carrying, and discharging a firearm during a crime of violence, in connection with his MS-13 gang activities. 

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – June 10, 2019 – Jimmy Johnson, Jr., 45, of LaVergne, Tennessee, was sentenced Friday in U.S. District Court to 15 years in federal prison for being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm and possession with intent to distribute cocaine, announced U.S. Attorney Don Cochran for the Middle District of Tennessee.  Johnson was indicted in March 2018 and pleaded guilty in February.  

BIRMINGHAM – An effort focused on domestic violence in gun crimes resulted in federal charges against six defendants, announced U.S. Attorney Jay E. Town, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Special Agent in Charge Marcus Watson.
 
In separate and unrelated indictments, the grand jury charged LYNN GADSON, NICHOLAS CAMPBELL, KERRY ALFORD, KELVIN STRICKLAND, MONTEZ SPRADLEY, ANDRAE CROOK, as convicted felons in possession of firearms.  These investigations originated from local law enforcement responding to domestic violence calls.
Jacksonville, Florida – Richard Anthony Moffett, a/k/a “Mook” (31, Jacksonville) today pleaded guilty to three counts of sex trafficking by force, fraud, and coercion. Moffett faces a minimum sentence of 15 years, up to life, in federal prison. A sentencing date has not yet been set.
 
Jackson, TN – Kenneth Garrett, 62, has been sentenced to 200 months imprisonment on federal charges of conspiracy to distribute 50 grams or more of actual methamphetamine. U.S. Attorney D. Michael Dunavant announced the sentence today.
 
This is the latest sentencing in a case involving multiple defendants including Rolando Lopez, Saul Vega Flores, Virginia Torres, Ronald Lynn Parham, Tammy Ranger, Marcus Jones, and Xavier Demetrius James on charges of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine.
 

WASHINGTON — The Office of Justice Program’s Office for Victims of Crime has released a grant solicitation designed to help law enforcement agencies hire new staff, train existing staff and create three-year programs that can more effectively support victims of crime. The initiative is intended to build the capacity of law enforcement agencies to better identify and respond to victims by informing them of their rights and referring them as early as possible to much-needed services like counseling, emergency shelter, safety planning or assistance with crime victim compensation.

An Akron man was indicted for illegally having a 9 mm handgun converted into an illegal machine gun.
 
Kortney D. Moore, 21, was indicted on one count each of being a felon in possession of a firearm, illegal possession of a machine gun and possession of an unregistered firearm.
 
BOSTON – A leader of the East Side Money Gang (ESMG) was sentenced yesterday in federal court in Boston on racketeering, drug trafficking and firearms trafficking charges.
 
BOSTON – A Chelsea man pleaded guilty today in federal court in Boston to possession of cocaine base with intent to distribute.
 
Adres Perez, 26, pleaded guilty to possession of cocaine base with intent to distribute and is scheduled to be sentenced on Sept. 10, 2019 before U.S. District Court Judge Richard G. Stearns. In December 2017, Perez was indicted along with Cesar Alicea, who was charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm. The charging documents allege that both men were members of the East Side Money Gang.
 

Four Broward County residents were sentenced to terms between 34 years and life in prison today, after having been convicted at trial for their participation in a string of armed robberies using firearms.  One defendant was also convicted of kidnapping four victims. 

Memphis, TN – A local man has been sentenced to federal prison for making false statements on an ATF Federal Background Check Form while attempting to purchase a firearm, and for being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm. U.S. Attorney D. Michael Dunavant announced the sentence in the "lie-and-try" case today.
 
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Two men have been sentenced in federal court this week for their roles in a drug-trafficking conspiracy that led to the kidnapping and torture of an Independence, Mo., man.
 
Gerald L. Holmes, also known as “Jerry” or “Joker,” 27, and Richard M. Phoenix, also known as “Snake,” 77, were sentenced in separate appearances before U.S. District Judge Greg Kays. Holmes was sentenced to 25 years in federal prison without parole. Phoenix was sentenced to five years in federal prison without parole.
 
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – A Kansas City, Mo., area man was sentenced in federal court today for illegally possessing a firearm.
 
Seneca Harrison, 36, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Stephen R. Bough to seven years and eight months in federal prison without parole.
 
On Dec. 10, 2018, Harrison was found guilty at trial of being a felon in possession of a firearm. Harrison was in possession of a loaded Maverick by Mossberg 12-gauge pump action pistol grip shotgun with an obliterated serial number.
 
MADISON, WIS. – Scott C. Blader, United States Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin, announced today the unsealing of an indictment charging Douglas P. Bannister, 37, Merrill, Wisconsin, with being a felon in possession of a firearm and illegally possessing a silencer.
 
The Office of the United States Attorney for the District of Vermont stated today that Jerry Romero, 64, of Milton was sentenced by Judge William K. Sessions III to 90 months of imprisonment to be followed by four years of supervised release. Romero had previously pled guilty to possession with intent to distribute both heroin and 28 grams or more of cocaine base and agreed to the 90-month sentence.
 

Columbus, Ohio – A violent Westside drug trafficker was sentenced in U.S. District Court today to 197 months in prison.

Keith “Butters” Drummond, 41, of Columbus, was sentenced for crimes related to trafficking narcotics and using firearms.

Benjamin C. Glassman, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio, Jonathan McPherson, Special Agent in Charge, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and Columbus Interim Police Chief Thomas Quinlan announced the sentence handed down today by Chief U.S. District Judge Edmund A. Sargus, Jr.

United States Attorney Richard W. Moore of the Southern District of Alabama announced that Isaiah Jarrod White, 31, from Eight Mile, Alabama, was sentenced in federal court on May 20, 2019, for his participation in a series of armed robberies in the Mobile area.  White pled guilty to two counts of brandishing a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence, and one count charging felon in possession of a firearm.  White pled guilty to the three charges in February of 2019. 
 

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – June 5, 2019 – Willie Collins, 38, of Clarksville, Tennessee, was sentenced Monday in U.S. District Court, to 15 years in federal prison for being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm, announced U.S. Attorney Don Cochran for the Middle District of Tennessee.  Collins was indicted in March 2017 and pleaded guilty in December 2017.

CHICAGO — A convicted felon has been sentenced to more than seven years in federal prison for illegally possessing a loaded semi-automatic handgun and pointing it at a car full of people, including a 4-year-old child, outside a Chicago convenience store.

Madison Man Charged with Gun Crimes and Drug Crime Involving Heroin & Crack Cocaine

Demarious Gray, 28, Madison, Wisconsin, is charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition, with possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, and with possessing heroin and crack cocaine with the intent to distribute. The indictment alleges that on October 9, 2017, he possessed a loaded .40 caliber handgun, heroin, and crack cocaine.
 
BOSTON – Six men were charged in federal court in Worcester today with various narcotics, firearms and conspiracy offenses.
 
TUCSON, Ariz. --On June 3, 2019, Carlos Correa, 29, of Hereford, AZ was sentenced by Senior U.S. District Judge Raner C. Collins to 25 years in prison. Correa previously pleaded guilty to Conspiracy to Possess with Intent to Distribute more than 1,000 Kilograms of Marijuana and received sentencing enhancements for murdering a co-conspirator and for his leadership role in a marijuana trafficking organization. Correa is the last of eight federal defendants to be sentenced in this multi-agency investigation into a large marijuana smuggling enterprise.
 

Orlando, Florida – U.S. District Judge Paul G. Byron has sentenced James Joseph Bryant (49, Daytona Beach) to 10 years in federal prison for possessing a firearm as a convicted felon. Due to his multiple prior felony convictions, Bryant qualified for an increased penalty under the Armed Career Criminal Act. The court also ordered Bryant to forfeit the 9mm pistol and ammunition used during the offense.

CONCORD, N.H. – Kenneth Kirkpatrick, 33, of Manchester, pleaded guilty in federal court on Monday to illegally possessing a firearm and ammunition, United States Attorney Scott W. Murray announced today.
 
WHEELING, WEST VIRGINIA – Dustin L. White, of Moundsville, West Virginia, was indicted by a federal grand jury today for a drugs and firearms charges, United States Attorney Bill Powell announced.
 

St. Louis, MO – Floyd Barber, 23, of Saint Louis, MO, pleaded guilty to two counts of carjacking, one count of using a firearm in furtherance of one carjacking, and one count of using a firearm in furtherance of the second carjacking where death resulted.  Barber appeared today before U.S. District Judge Ronnie L. White who accepted his plea and set his sentencing date for September 5, 2019.

LOS ANGELES – A member of the Big Hazard street gang was sentenced today to 156 months in federal prison for orchestrating and executing the nighttime firebombing of African-American families at the Ramona Gardens Housing Development in Boyle Heights in 2014 in order to force the residents out of their homes.
           

As the Department of Justice continues its efforts to fulfill President Donald J. Trump’s commitment to reducing violent crime in America, Attorney General William P. Barr today announced that Cleveland was selected to join the National Public Safety Partnership (PSP) initiative. PSP provides a framework for enhancing federal support of state, local and tribal law enforcement officials and prosecutors as they aggressively investigate and pursue violent criminals, specifically those involved in gun crime, drug trafficking and gang violence.

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – A Columbia, Mo., man who was in a vehicle that led police officers in a pursuit was sentenced in federal court today for illegally possessing a firearm.

 

Justin Craig Ewing, 30, was sentenced by U.S. District judge Stephen R. Bough to four years and eight months in federal prison without parole.

 

RALEIGH - United States Attorney Robert J. Higdon, Jr. announces United States District Court Judge James C. Dever III sentenced RYAN DETRELL ROBINSON, 27, of Fayetteville, North Carolina, to 204 months imprisonment.

 On January 10, 2018, ROBINSON was seen on video firing an assault weapon into the air during a dispute with another man outside of the Coliseum Inn, in Fayetteville, North Carolina. After the man attempted to run away, ROBINSON took chase in his vehicle and shot the man, resulting in serious injuries.

Jackson, TN – Daniel Ranger, 33, has been sentenced to 240months imprisonment for conspiracy to distribute 50 grams or more of actual methamphetamine, aiding and abetting the distribution and attempted distribution of a detectable amount of Fentanyl and being a felon in possession of firearms. U.S. Attorney D. Michael Dunavant announced the sentence today.
 

GREENEVILLE, Tenn. – On June 3, 2019, Brandon Lee Alexander, 36 of Morristown, Tennessee, was sentenced by the Honorable J. Ronnie Greer, U.S. District Judge, to serve 216 months in federal prison for possession with the intent to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine; possession with the intent to distribute five grams or more of methamphetamine; possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime; and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.  Alexander was also denied his request for a new trial.

SAVANNAH, GA: An associate of the Ghost Face Gangsters criminal street gang will serve nearly 10 years in prison for his role in distribution of methamphetamine.

HOUSTON – A 23-year-old Houston man has been ordered to federal prison for his role in organizing and planning a string of Houston-area armed robberies, including one in which someone was almost killed, announced U.S. Attorney Ryan K. Patrick.

 

Tadarius Robinson pleaded guilty Aug. 8, 2018. 

 

FORT WAYNE – Eric H. McHale, 42 years old, of Garrett, Indiana, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Holly A. Brady after pleading guilty to possessing with intent to distribute  a controlled substance announced U.S. Attorney Kirsch.

 

McHale was sentenced to 84 months in prison followed by 4 years of supervised release.

 

ALBUQUERQUE – Charles Chavez, 27, of Albuquerque, N.M., appeared in federal court today on a criminal complaint charging him with two counts of carjacking and two counts of brandishing a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence. 

 

FORT WAYNE – Glen Jacobs, 43 years old, of Rome City, Indiana, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Holly A. Brady after pleading guilty to distributing a controlled substance and possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, announced U.S. Attorney Kirsch.

Jacobs was sentenced to 150 months in prison followed by 4 years of supervised release.


A long-time Seminole, Texas drug dealer was sentenced today to 31 years and 10 months in federal prison, announced U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Texas Erin Nealy Cox. 

 

Following a three-day trial in early January, a federal jury in Lubbock unanimously convicted Robert Bazan, 45, of two methamphetamine offenses and four firearm offenses, including possession of firearms in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime. 
 

Baltimore, Maryland – U.S. District Judge Catherine C. Blake sentenced Kirk Gross, age 32, of Baltimore, Maryland, today to 16 years in federal prison, followed by five years of supervised release for being a felon in possession of a firearm. 

The sentence was announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Robert K. Hur; Special Agent in Charge Rob Cekada of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) Baltimore Field Division; and Commissioner Michael Harrison of the Baltimore Police Department.

Baltimore, Maryland – U.S. District Judge Deborah K. Chasanow sentenced Erick Rahumid Hobbs, a/k/a Eric Muhammad, age 39, of Baltimore, Maryland, today to 198 months in federal prison, followed by five years of supervised release, for illegally possessing a firearm and ammunition.  Hobbs was previously convicted of a felony and was therefore prohibited from possessing firearms or ammunition.  A federal jury convicted Hobbs on March 6, 2019, after a three-day trial.

CHICAGO — A high-level member of the Four Corner Hustlers street gang has been arrested on federal drug charges for allegedly selling wholesale quantities of heroin on the West Side of Chicago.
 
Tampa, FL – Juan Carlos Ramirez-Arcos (34, Bradenton) has pleaded guilty to possessing a firearm or ammunition as an illegal alien. He faces a maximum term of 10 years in federal prison. He is also required to forfeit the firearm and ammunition that were used in committing the offense. The Ramirez-Arcos sentencing hearing is set for August 19, 2019.
 
TOPEKA, KAN. – A Topeka man is facing federal charges after he imported devices from China that for $19 a piece can turn a Glock pistol into a fully automatic machinegun, U.S. Attorney Stephen McAllister said today.
 
The defendant was indicted yesterday in U.S. District Court in Topeka.
 
SCRANTON - The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced today that Adam Gottstein, age 32, of Kingston, Pennsylvania, was sentenced to 78 months’ imprisonment and five years of supervised release by United States District Judge Malachy E. Mannion, for conspiring to distribute heroin, crack cocaine, and fentanyl.
 

ALBUQUERQUE – Christopher Salcido, 19, of Albuquerque, N.M., appeared in federal court today for an arraignment on an indictment charging him with possession with intent to distribute cocaine and using and carrying a firearm during and in relation to a drug trafficking crime. 

 

Two Cleveland men were indicted for federal firearms offenses.
 
John W. Bryant, 38, is charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition. Bryant allegedly had a Ruger 9 mm pistol and 17 rounds of ammunition on February 26, 2019, despite previous convictions for aggravated robbery with a firearms specification and aggravated assault, according to the indictment.
 

NEW ORLEANS – Morris & Dickson Company LLC has agreed to pay the United States $22 million in civil penalties to resolve claims that it violated the Controlled Substances Act by failing to report suspicious orders of hydrocodone and oxycodone, announced Drug Enforcement Administration Special Agent in Charge Brad L. Byerley and United States Attorney David C. Joseph.

On June 3, 2019, from 1 to 2 p.m. ET, OJJDP and the International Association of Chiefs of Police will present “Death Notification When Children are Involved: Trauma-Informed Strategies for Delivering the Most Difficult News to the Most Vulnerable.” This webinar will provide guidance to help law enforcement with the challenging task of child death notification. Register and learn more about this webinar.

TUCSON, Ariz. – On May 22, 2019, Constantino Varela, 64, of Amado, Arizona was sentenced by U.S. District Judge James Soto to 72 months’ imprisonment. Varela pleaded guilty on August 1, 2018 to two counts of Unlawful Possession of an Unregistered Destructive Device, and one count of Possession of Firearms by a Convicted Felon.
 

United States Attorney Brandon J. Fremin announced today that RAUL BURDEN, a 27-year old resident of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, has been convicted of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.  As a result of his conviction, BURDEN now faces a maximum sentence of ten years in federal prison, significant fines and a period of supervised release.

RALEIGH – Robert J. Higdon, Jr., the United States Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina, announces that United States District Judge James C. Dever III, sentenced DARNELL THOMAS BROWN, 29, of Selma to 120 months’ imprisonment, followed by 3 years of supervised released.

HOUSTON – A Houston federal judge has sentenced a 23-year-old local man to more than 26 years in prison following his conviction of three counts of robbery and three counts of brandishing a firearm during a crime of violence, announced U.S. Attorney Ryan K. Patrick.

Deamonta Frederick Taylor, of Houston, pleaded guilty Jan. 30, 2019, admitting he took part in several robberies of cell phone stores in 2017. In one of those crimes, a pregnant female was ordered to strip naked at gunpoint.

CONCORD – Nicholas Messina, 27, of Haverhill, Massachusetts, pleaded guilty in federal court to possession of a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking and possessing controlled substances with intent to distribute, United States Attorney Scott W. Murray announced today.

According to court documents and statements made in court, Messina was arrested at a hotel  in Nashua, New Hampshire, with fentanyl, cocaine, thousands of dollars, and a loaded firearm. In a post-arrest interview, Messina admitted that he possessed the drugs for distribution.   

CHICAGO — A southwest suburban man who described himself as a “one stop shop” for narcotics and firearms has been sentenced to eleven and a half years in federal prison.

 

PITTSBURGH – A Beaver County resident pleaded guilty in federal court to violations of the federal firearms and narcotics laws, United States Attorney Scott W. Brady announced today.
 

COLUMBUS, Ohio – U.S. Attorney Benjamin C. Glassman announced today a new initiative in which federal and local prosecutors are working with law enforcement and domestic violence victim services agencies to hold accountable domestic abusers who illegally possess firearms.

ROCHESTER, N.Y. - U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced today that Nicholas Coia, 31, of Greece, NY, who was convicted of being felon in possession of a firearm, was sentenced to three years’ probation by U.S. District Judge Charles J. Siragusa.
 

Jose Antonio Torres Marrufo (aka “Jaguar”) has been extradited from Mexico to face federal racketeering charges in the Western District of Texas, stated U.S. Attorney John F. Bash; Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Special Agent in Charge Kyle W. Williamson, El Paso Division; FBI Special Agent in Charge Emmerson Buie, Jr., El Paso Division; and, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) Special Agent in Charge Jeffrey C. Boshek, II, Dallas Division.

FORT WAYNE – Dwaine Bartlett, 46 years old, of Indianapolis, Indiana, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Holly A. Brady after pleading guilty to conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute over 5 kilograms of cocaine and possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, announced U.S. Attorney Kirsch.

 

Bartlett was sentenced to 200 months in prison followed by 5 year of supervised release.

United States Attorney Richard W. Moore of the Southern District of Alabama announces that United States District Court Judge Jeffrey U. Beaverstock sentenced Cornelius Darrell Curtis, on May 20, 2019, to 60 months for the violation of 18 United States Code Section 924(c), Using, Carrying, or Possessing a Firearm During or in Relation to a Drug Trafficking Crime.

 

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – A Kansas City, Mo., woman pleaded guilty in federal court today to her role in conspiracy to illegally transfer ownership of firearms.

Iesha T. Boles, 43, waived her right to a grand jury and pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Greg Kays to a federal information that charges her with conspiracy to make false statements during the purchase of firearms.

U.S. Attorney Trent Shores announced that a 62-year-old man who kidnapped and used a handgun to threaten a woman was sentenced Tuesday in U.S. District Court. At the time of the crime, the man was subject to a domestic abuse restraining order and gained access to the Broken Arrow woman’s home by cutting a hole through an exterior wall.

On July 25, 2018, a jury found Randy Alan Hamett, of Choctaw, guilty of Kidnapping, Possessing and Receiving Stolen Firearm and Ammunition, and Possession of Firearms and Ammunition While Subject to a Domestic Violence Protective Order.

United States Attorney Richard W. Moore of the Southern District of Alabama announces that United States District Court Senior Judge Terry F. Moorer sentenced John Willis Jones on April 18, 2019 to the 57 months in prison for his possession of a firearm as a prior convicted felon.

 

PITTSBURGH, Pa. – A former resident of Jefferson County, Pennsylvania, has been sentenced in federal court to a term of imprisonment of 1 year and 1 day, to be followed by 2 years of supervised release on his conviction on a charge of violating federal firearms laws, United States Attorney Scott W. Brady announced today.
 
Senior United States District Judge Joy Flowers Conti imposed the sentence on Edward Fontenot, 33, formerly of Punxsutawney, PA.
 
ROCHESTER, N.Y. - U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced today that a federal grand jury has returned a one count indictment charging Tyrone E. Jiggetts, 47, of Rochester, NY, with being felon in possession of a firearm. The charge carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
 

As a final reminder, the following COPS Office 2019 grant funding opportunities are currently open and accepting applications:

COPS Anti-Heroin Task Force (AHTF) Program – Applications due by May 28, 2019 at 7:59 PM EDT
COPS Anti-Methamphetamine Program (CAMP) – Applications due by May 28, 2019 at 7:59 PM EDT
Community Policing Development (CPD) Program – Applications due by May 28, 2019 at 7:59 PM EDT
Law Enforcement Mental Health and Wellness Act (LEMHWA) Program – Applications due by May 28, 2019 at 7:59 PM EDT
School Violence Prevention Program (SVPP) – Applications due by May 31, 2019 at 7:59 PM EDT

On May 20, 2019, Attorney General William P. Barr announced the third annual Attorney General’s Award for Distinguished Service in Policing. The Attorney General’s Award, to be administered by the COPS Office, recognizes individual state, local or tribal sworn, rank-and-file police officers, deputies and troopers for exceptional efforts in community policing. The awarded officer(s), deputy(ies) or troopers will have demonstrated active engagement with the community in one of three areas: criminal investigations, field operations, or innovations in policing.

In collaboration with the Veterans History Project, the National Institute of Corrections will host a panel discussion in anticipation of PTSD Awareness month on May 15, 2019 at the Library of Congress. The panel discussion will bring awareness to post-traumatic stress disorder for veterans who may be struggling to deal with their experiences from the military, particularly those who have been deployed to a combat zone.

Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities (I/DD) Podcast Series
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This special series takes an in-depth look at measures that law enforcement officers and agencies can use to more effectively and appropriately serve individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD).
The series features representatives from The Arc of the United States, the largest national community-based organization advocating for and serving people with intellectual and developmental disabilities; Chief Will Johnson of the Arlington Police Department (TX) and University of University of Illinois at Chicago Professor Amy Watson; and founder of the Growth Through Opportunity program, Travis Atkins.

Inspired by the approach used for TED Talks, What’s New in Blue is a series of short videos intended to keep viewers informed about innovative developments and critical issues in law enforcement.
The episodes feature informative discussions about ideas worth spreading throughout American policing in a format useful for viewing in roll call, training classes, or sharing with colleagues and across social media.

The Community Policing Dispatch is the e-newsletter of the COPS Office. It aims to educate readers about a variety of criminal justice issues that affect the implementation of community policing and to assist law enforcement practitioners in more effectively addressing crime and social disorder in their communities.

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. – A Charleston man was sentenced on federal firearms charge, said United States Attorney Mike Stuart.  Michael D. Williams, 50, was sentenced to 72 months in prison for being a felon in possession of a firearm and violating the terms of his supervised release.  The investigation was conducted by the Charleston Police Department, with assistance from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF).

 

PITTSBURGH - After deliberating for two hours, a federal jury of nine men and three women found Denver Sangster guilty of one count of Possession with the Intent to Deliver More than 280 Grams of Crack Cocaine, a Quantity of Cocaine, and a Quantity of Marijuana and one count of Possession of Firearms in Furtherance of Drug Trafficking, United States Attorney Scott W. Brady announced today.
 
Sangster, 43, of 443 Idlewood Road, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania was tried before United States District Judge David Stewart Cercone in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
 

SYRACUSE, NEW YORK – Damion Anderson, age 48, of Syracuse, was sentenced today in federal court in Syracuse to serve 12 months in prison, followed by 3 years of supervised release, after previously pleading guilty to possession with intent to distribute and distributing crack cocaine, announced United States Attorney Grant C. Jaquith, John B. DeVito, Special Agent in Charge of the New York Field Division of the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), and Chief of Police Kenton T. Buckner, Syracuse Police Department.

BOISE – Jesus Javier Malagon, 32, of Twin Falls, has been sentenced to 355 months in prison on federal drug and gun charges, as well as shooting at a Shoshone City police officer, U.S. Attorney Bart M. Davis announced.  In February of this year, a Boise jury found Malagon guilty of the charges after a weeklong trial.  He was sentenced yesterday by U.S. District Judge B. Lynn Winmill at the Federal Courthouse in Boise.  In addition to nearly thirty years in prison, Malagon was sentenced to 4 years of supervised release.

Spokane – Joseph H. Harrington, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Washington, announced that Thomas Martin Roberts, age 52, of Wilbur, Washington, was sentenced today after having pleaded guilty on June 12, 2018, to being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition, possessing an unregistered firearm and cyberstalking. United States District Judge Rosanna Malouf Peterson sentenced Roberts to a 137-month term of imprisonment, to be followed by a three-year term of court supervision after he is released from federal prison.

Spokane – Joseph H. Harrington, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Washington, announced that Thomas Martin Roberts, age 52, of Wilbur, Washington, was sentenced today after having pleaded guilty on June 12, 2018, to being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition, possessing an unregistered firearm and cyberstalking. United States District Judge Rosanna Malouf Peterson sentenced Roberts to a 137-month term of imprisonment, to be followed by a three-year term of court supervision after he is released from federal prison.

SAN DIEGO – John T. Earnest of Rancho Peñasquitos was indicted by a federal grand jury this morning on civil rights, hate crime, and firearm charges in connection with the murder of one person and the attempted murder of 53 others at the Chabad of Poway Synagogue on April 27 and the March 24 arson of the Dar-ul-Arqam Mosque in Escondido.

St. Louis, MO – U.S. District Judge Rodney W. Sippel sentenced Dionne Lamont Gatling, a/k/a “Cuffy,” 53, of St. Charles, MO, to 27 years in prison for drug trafficking charges and the use of firearms in furtherance of drug trafficking resulting in death. 

According to court documents, Gatling was the leader and organizer of the Gatling Drug Trafficking Organization.  The organization brought heroin, cocaine, methamphetamine and other drugs to the St. Louis area for distribution from 2009 to 2014. 

HAMMOND- Terry Brown, 33, of Gary, Indiana, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Joseph S. Van Bokkelen on his plea of guilty to distribution of cocaine and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, announced U.S. Attorney Kirsch. 
 
Brown was sentenced to 70 months in prison followed by 3 years of supervised release. 
 
St. Louis, MO – Jherrica Dixon, 25, of Saint Louis, MO, pleaded guilty to five counts of carjacking, four counts of using a firearm in furtherance of those carjackings, and one count of using a firearm in furtherance of those carjackings where death resulted.  Dixon appeared today before U.S. District Judge Ronnie L. White who accepted her plea and set her sentencing date for August 21, 2019.
 

A federal grand jury returned a three-count indictment charging a Wooster man with firearms violations, including having two illegal components used to turn firearms into fully automatic machine guns.

Kenneth L. McKinley, 31, was indicted on one count each of illegal possession of machine guns, being a prohibited person in possession of ammunition, and receipt and possession of unregistered firearms.

MADISON, WIS. – Scott C. Blader, United States Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin, announced that Matthew J. Soban, 27, Baraboo, Wisconsin, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge William M. Conley to seven years in federal prison for being a felon in possession of two handguns.   Soban pleaded guilty to this charge on March 12, 2019.

Greenbelt, Maryland – Yusef Payne, age 35, of Baltimore, Maryland, pleaded guilty yesterday to possession of a stolen firearm. Payne admitted that he had at least two previous felony convictions and was prohibited from possessing firearms or ammunition.
 
The guilty plea was announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Robert K. Hur; Special Agent in Charge Rob Cekada of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) Baltimore Field Division; and Commissioner Michael Harrison of the Baltimore Police Department.

Greenbelt, Maryland – Robert Jacob Eberle, age 30, of Lexington Park, Maryland, pleaded guilty today to the federal charge of theft of firearms, which Eberle admitted he stole from a federally licensed firearms dealer. 

The guilty plea was announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Robert K. Hur; Special Agent in Charge Rob Cekada of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) Baltimore Field Division; and St. Mary’s County Sheriff Tim Cameron.

Jackson, TN – Robert Newsome, 36, has been sentenced to 220 months imprisonment for conspiracy to distribute 50 grams or more of actual methamphetamine. U.S. Attorney D. Michael Dunavant for the Western District of Tennessee announced the sentence today. This is the latest sentencing in a case involving multiple defendants including Bernard Cooper, Courtney Cooper, Brandon Weddle, Stephen Williams, Morgan Bond, and Ronricus Chapman on charges of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine. Each defendant has now pled guilty.
 

Baltimore, Maryland – U.S. District Judge Catherine C. Blake today sentenced Taurus Tillman, a/k/a Tash, age 30, of Baltimore, to 25 years in federal prison, followed by five years of supervised release, for conspiring to participate in a drug distribution conspiracy and a violent racketeering enterprise known as Trained To Go (TTG).  The racketeering conspiracy included eight murders, as well as drug trafficking and witness intimidation.  Tillman and his co-defendants were also convicted of a drug distribution conspiracy involving heroin, marijuana, and cocaine. 

DAYTON – Jermichael Malcolm, 46, of Dayton, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to possessing a firearm after being convicted of a felony.
 
Benjamin C. Glassman, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio, Todd A. Wickerham, Special Agent in Charge, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Cincinnati Division, Jonathan McPherson, Special Agent in Charge, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and Montgomery County Sheriff Rob Streck announced the plea entered into before U.S. District Judge Walter H. Rice.
 

SOUTH BEND – Nehemiah Felders, age 29, of South Bend, Indiana was convicted on a single count of being a felon in possession of a firearm, announced U.S. Attorney Kirsch.

U.S. District Court Judge Robert L. Miller, Jr, presided over this two-day jury trial. 

OXFORD, MS. - William C. Lamar, U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Mississippi, announced today that several alleged members of the Simon City Royals have been charged in a two-count indictment for participating in a violent assault in aid of a racketeering enterprise. The indictment was returned by a grand jury on April 23, 2019, and unsealed today in the U.S. District Court of the Northern District of Mississippi.
 

LITTLE ROCK—A Yell County man was sentenced Monday for his role in a methamphetamine conspiracy that involved members of a white supremacist gang. Daniel Adame, 32, of Dardanelle, was sentenced to 262 months in federal prison by Chief U.S. District Judge Brian S. Miller. Cody Hiland, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Arkansas, announced today’s sentencing.

Judge Miller also sentenced Adame, who pleaded guilty to conspiring to distribute methamphetamine on January 30, 2019, to five years of supervised release following his term of imprisonment.

HOUSTON – A 38-year old Houston resident and documented 59 Bounty Hunters criminal street gang member has been ordered to federal prison for multiple convictions, announced U.S. Attorney Ryan K. Patrick.

Michael Wayne Ben pleaded guilty March 11, 2019, admitting he was in possession of several firearms and rounds of ammunition. With 18 prior convictions, he is not permitted to possess such per federal law.

Greenbelt, Maryland – U.S. District Judge Paula Xinis sentenced Patrick Nathan Broxton, age 48, of Ellicott City, Maryland, today to 10 years in federal prison, followed by four years of supervised release, for a heroin distribution conspiracy and for being a felon in possession of a firearm. 

 

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Four Texas men were sentenced in federal court today for stealing 654 firearms from United Parcel Service trailers in Springfield, Mo., en route to Bass Pro Shops.
 

United States Attorney Erica H. MacDonald today announced the sentencing of DAKOTA JAMES LAFAVE, aka “Biggs,” 30, to 366 months in prison for assault with a dangerous weapon in aid of racketeering, witness retaliation, and discharge of a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence. LAFAVE, who pleaded guilty on January 22, 2019, was sentenced before Chief Judge John R. Tunheim in U.S. District Court in St. Paul, Minnesota.

WICHITA, KAN. – A Reno County man who led troopers on a 100-mph chase pleaded guilty Monday to a federal firearm charge, U.S. Attorney Stephen McAllister said. Codey Elsasser, 26, Arlington, Kan., pleaded guilty to possessing a short-barreled rifle that was not registered as required by federal law. Elsasser was driving 88 mph in a 65 mph zone when a Kansas Highway Patrol trooper tried to stop him. Elsasser fled, reaching a speed of 100 mph as he drove from Barton County to Rice County before stopping.
 
Eight people from Northwest Ohio were indicted for firearms violations or armed robbery charges as part of a continued collaborative effort to reduce violent crime in the Toledo area.
 
Among those indicted are people accused of illegally having firearms after domestic violence convictions, making illegal straw purchases of firearms, possessing stolen firearms, armed robbery and other offenses.
 
United States Attorney Erica H. MacDonald today announced the conviction of MARTAVIS SHAWN DEMAR JAMES, 38, for the robbery and attempted robbery of 10 Twin Cities businesses. Following a four-day trial before U.S. District Judge Susan Richard Nelson, the jury found JAMES guilty on all counts.
 
MADISON, WIS. – Scott C. Blader, United States Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin, announced that David A. Kelly, 33, Madison, Wisconsin, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge William Conley to 54 months in federal prison for possessing a firearm as a convicted felon. Kelly pleaded guilty to the charge on March 14, 2019.
 

SANTA ANA, California – A Buena Park man was sentenced today to 100 months in federal prison for committing a series of armed robberies of gasoline stations and convenience stores in Los Angeles and Orange counties where he used a replica firearm to threaten and intimidate store clerks.

 

Ocala, Florida – Winyontis Quavari Gordon (28, Ocala) pleaded guilty yesterday to an indictment charging him with possession of a firearm and ammunition affecting commerce by a convicted felon. Gordon faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 15 years, and up to life, imprisonment for the offense. A sentencing date has not yet been set.
 

DAYTON – James A. Mayhugh, Jr., 61, of Springfield, Ohio, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to crimes related to falsifying firearms sales records for more than 200 firearm sales. Mayhugh lied in his records concerning the identity of the purchaser and then actually sold the firearms to unknown individuals on the black market.

St. Louis, MO – Timothy Hopkins, 43, of O’Fallon, MO, and Richard O’Hara, 30, of Richwoods, MO, each pleaded guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm.  Each appeared in federal court this afternoon before U.S. District Judge John A. Ross who accepted the pleas. Sentencing for both Hopkins and O’Hara has been set for August 27, 2019.  

 

DETROIT—The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and the Detroit Tigers continue a long standing tradition of rewarding kids at the annual Gang Resistance Education and Training (G.R.E.A.T.) Day at Comerica Park.  Today’s baseball game between the Detroit Tigers and the Oakland Athletics signifies a 25-year partnership.

CHICAGO — A grand jury has indicted a Chicago man on federal racketeering charges for allegedly committing murder to maintain and increase his position in a violent street gang.
 
United States Attorney Richard W. Moore of the Southern District of Alabama announced that Anthony Ellis, a 34 year old resident of Selma, Alabama was sentenced to 100 months of incarceration for possession of a .38 caliber Rohm pistol after being convicted of a felony.
 

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – A Maryland man pleaded guilty today to making false statements to acquire firearms.

Jackson, TN – A Madison County man has pled guilty to committing violent crimes in aid of racketeering, distribution of marijuana and firearms violations. U.S. Attorney D. Michael Dunavant for the Western District of Tennessee announced the guilty plea today.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – May 16, 2019 – Gerson Serrano-Ramirez, aka Frijole, 31, an illegal alien and MS-13 gang member from El Salvador, was sentenced today to 19 years in prison, announced U.S. Attorney Don Cochran for the Middle District of Tennessee .  At the completion of his sentence, Serrano-Ramirez will be deported from the United States.

 

A Miami-Dade County, Florida resident was sentenced yesterday to five years in federal prison for setting fire to a local business.
 
Ariana Fajardo Orshan, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Florida and Ari C. Shapira, Special Agent in Charge, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), Miami Field Office, made the announcement.
 

Spokane – Joseph H. Harrington, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Washington, announced that Loren John Jay Meade, age 32, of Moses Lake, Washington, was sentenced today after having pleaded guilty on October 2, 2018, to conspiracy to distribute 50 or more grams of actual methamphetamine. Chief United States District Judge Thomas O. Rice sentenced Meade to a 12 year and four month term of imprisonment, to be followed by a five-year term of court supervision after he is released from federal prison.

MADISON, WIS. – Scott C. Blader, United States Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin, announced that Eugene Ripp, 66, Arlington, Wisconsin, was sentenced yesterday by U.S. District Judge William Conley to one year and one day in federal prison for dealing in firearms without a license. This term of imprisonment will be followed by two years of supervised release. Ripp pleaded guilty to this charge on February 20, 2019.
 

EUGENE, Ore.—Christopher Michael Soares, 35, of Southern Oregon, was sentenced today to 160 months in federal prison and five years’ supervised release for possessing with the intent to distribute methamphetamine in Bend, Oregon.

MADISON, WIS. -- A federal grand jury in the Western District of Wisconsin, sitting in Madison, returned the following indictments today.  You are advised that a charge is merely an accusation and that a defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.
 

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Ocala, Florida – Michael Guell (37, Ocala) has pleaded guilty to one count of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. He faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in federal prison. A sentencing date has not yet been set.
 
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – The owner of a closed Springfield gun shooting center has been indicted on charges of arson and insurance fraud. John W. Jackson, Jr., 45, of Springfield, Ill., made his initial appearance in federal court today before U.S. Magistrate Judge Thomas Schanzle-Haskins. The indictment, returned by the grand jury on May 8, 2019, had remained sealed pending Jackson’s arrest and initial court appearance.
 
Brian Kainu, 37, Superior, Wisconsin, is charged with two counts of distributing methamphetamine, one count of possessing 50 grams or more of methamphetamine with the intent to distribute, and one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm.
 
The indictment alleges that Kainu distributed methamphetamine on March 27 and April 2, 2019, and that on April 2, he possessed 50 grams or more of the drug with the intent to distribute. The fourth count of the indictment alleges that he possessed a .22 caliber revolver on April 2.
 

A Cleveland man was indicted in federal court for having an unlicensed machine gun.

Toriano A. Leaks, Jr., 20, was indicted on two counts of illegal possession of a machine gun.

Leaks on April 10 possessed a Glock .40-caliber that had been modified into a machine gun. He also possessed a select fire auto-sear, which is used exclusively for converting a weapon  into a machine gun, according to the indictment.

Leak also possessed 21 rounds of ammunition and three magazines, with capacities of 15, 20 and 30 rounds of ammunition, according to court documents.

A Dubuque man who shot a pedestrian multiple times in August 2017 was sentenced May 13, 2019, to nine years in federal prison. 

Jevonne Martell Coleman, age 33, from Dubuque, received the prison term after a November 21, 2018, guilty plea to one count of possession of a firearm by a felon.

NORFOLK, Va. – A Virginia man was sentenced today to nearly 16 years in prison for robbing a gun and ammunition dealer at gunpoint.

“Criminals who rob innocent victims at gunpoint and threaten them with death will be brought to justice,” said G. Zachary Terwilliger, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia. “I want to thank our partners at the ATF for their outstanding work and assistance as we continue to target violent criminals who target innocent victims.”

United States Attorney Richard W. Moore of the Southern District of Alabama announced that Michael Watts, a 40 year old resident of Selma, Alabama was sentenced to 27 months of incarceration for possession of two firearms after previously being convicted of two felonies, namely, Assault 1st and Shooting into an Occupied Building.
 

Jesse James Marquez was sentenced on Friday to 33 months in prison for his role in the theft and subsequent sale of 55 firearms from a sporting goods store in Eureka, California, in August 2015.  The sentence was imposed by the Honorable Charles R. Breyer, U.S. Senior District Judge.

 

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – A Mason County man who threatened two employees of the Putnam Public Service District with a machinegun and stole their company truck last year in Teays Valley was convicted today after a one-day bench trial of multiple federal offenses. Justin Michael Wilson, 20, was convicted of carjacking and using, carrying, and brandishing a machinegun during and in relation to a crime of violence. Wilson also previously pled guilty prior to trial to unlawful possession of a machinegun and possession of an unregistered machinegun.

OKLAHOMA CITY – BOBBY VON ROGERS, 38, of Moore, has been sentenced to ten years in prison for being a felon in possession of a firearm, announced First Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert J. Troester.

 

On September 5, 2018, a federal grand jury indicted Rogers on one count of possessing a Smith & Wesson 9mm pistol on April 10, 2018, after having been convicted of a felony.  Rogers pleaded guilty on November 29, 2018.

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Six southern Missouri residents are among 15 defendants indicted by a federal grand jury for their roles in a large-scale methamphetamine conspiracy that involved multi-pound shipments of methamphetamine transported from Arizona to Missouri.
 

BOSTON - A Springfield man pleaded guilty in federal court in Springfield today to his role in a heroin, cocaine, and crack cocaine conspiracy. 

 

CONCORD – United States Attorney Scott W. Murray announced that Nicholas J. Patten, 27, of Williston, Vermont was sentenced to 48 months in prison for possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute and possession of a firearm and ammunition by an unlawful user of a controlled substance.

 

John H. Durham, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, today announced that a federal grand jury in New Haven has returned an indictment charging ANTHONY MORALES, 29, of Waterbury, with possession of a firearm a by a convicted felon.

A Broward County resident has been charged with six armed robberies.

Ariana Fajardo Orshan, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, Ari C. Shapira, Special Agent in Charge, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), Miami Field Office, Gregory Tony, Sheriff, Broward Sheriff’s Office (BSO), and Anthony W. Rosa, Chief, Sunrise Police Department, made the announcement.

John H. Durham, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, today announced that a federal grand jury in New Haven has returned indictments charging RORY MOCARSKY, 47, and DAVID BOURNE, 37, both of Hartland, with firearms offenses.
 

GRAND RAPIDS, MICHIGAN— U.S. Attorney Andrew Birge announced today that Jimmie "Peanut" Butler was sentenced on May 9, 2019, to 262 months’ incarceration followed by 10 years of supervised release for conspiring to distribute more than 100 grams of heroin and conspiring to distribute cocaine and cocaine base. Five of his co-defendants had previously pled guilty to federal charges stemming from the distribution of heroin in the Holland, Michigan area.

Charleston, South Carolina ---- United States Attorney Sherri A. Lydon stated today that Marion Katrell Campbell, age 38, of Walterboro, South Carolina, was sentenced for possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, possession of a firearm and ammunition by a convicted felon, and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.  United States District Judge Bruce H. Hendricks of Charleston sentenced Campbell to 360 months in prison followed by 6 years of supervised release.
 
SAN DIEGO – The U.S. Department of Justice today charged a Rancho Peñasquitos man with federal hate crimes, including the murder of one person and the attempted murder of 53 others, for his actions during the April 27 shooting at the Chabad of Poway Synagogue.
 
John T. Earnest, 19, was charged by criminal complaint with 109 hate crimes violations. The complaint alleges that these crimes were motivated by hatred toward the Jewish and Muslim communities.
 

St. Louis - A member of the Aryan Circle gang pleaded guilty today to committing an assault resulting in serious bodily injury to the victim in aid racketeering announced Assistant Attorney General Brian A. Benczowski of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division and U.S. Attorney Jeffrey B. Jensen of the Eastern District of Missouri.

Earlier today, defendant Steven Bynum was arrested and charged with firing a handgun into a group of people in furtherance of a drug distribution conspiracy on September 10, 2017, when he shot a pregnant innocent bystander in the head during a drug dispute. Bynum’s initial appearance is scheduled for this afternoon before United States Magistrate Judge Peggy Kuo. If convicted of the charges, Bynum faces up to life imprisonment.

HAMMOND – Bruce Williams, 48 years old, of Gary, Indiana, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge James T. Moody after pleading guilty to possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, announced U.S. Attorney Kirsch.
 
Williams was sentenced to 60 months in prison followed by 2 years of supervised release.
 
Five Canton men were indicted in federal court for allegedly stealing dozens of guns from a firearms store in Canton in February.
 
Four of the defendants were also indicted on charges of conspiring to steal firearms from another Canton firearms store.
 
Robert Clark, Jr., 18, Marquelis Thomas, 21, Shymeik Barkley, 18, God Gibson, 18, and Jamaryon Frazier, 18, were each indicted on one count of theft of firearms from a licensed firearms dealer.
 
HAMMOND- Michael Terrance Henderson, 43, of Gary, Indiana, was sentenced by Senior U.S. District Court Judge James T. Moody after pleading guilty to possession of a firearm with an obliterated serial number and possession of a stolen firearm, announced U.S. Attorney Kirsch.
 
Henderson was sentenced to 174 months in prison followed by 3 years of supervised release.
 
SOUTH BEND –Marcell Spencer, age 23, of Goshen, Indiana, was sentenced before United States District Court Judge Jon E DeGuilio, upon his plea of guilty to possessing with intent to distribute marijuana and possession of firearms in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, announced U. S. Attorney Kirsch.
 
Spencer was sentenced to 61 months in prison followed by 3 years of supervised release.
 
HAMMOND- Mohammad Amara, 28, of Griffith, Indiana, was sentenced by Senior U.S. District Court Judge James T. Moody upon his plea of guilty to possession of a firearm by a felon, announced U.S. Attorney Kirsch.
 
Amara was sentenced to 84 months in prison.
 
SOUTH BEND –Darcy Neily, age 41, of South Bend, Indiana, was sentenced before United States District Court Judge Robert L. Miller, Jr., upon his plea of guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm, announced U. S. Attorney Kirsch.
 
Neily was sentenced to 120 months in prison followed by 2 years of supervised release.
 
According to documents in this case, in July 2018, Neily possessed a firearm after being convicted of seven prior felony offenses.
 

SAVANNAH, Ga:  A Savannah man with an extensive criminal history has been sentenced to nearly 16 years in federal prison for illegal gun possession.

Frenchy Gamil Hilliard, 32, was sentenced to 188 months in prison by United States District Judge R. Stan Baker after pleading guilty to possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, said Bobby L. Christine, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Georgia. After completion of his sentence, Hilliard also will serve five years of supervised release. There is no parole in the federal system.

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Adam Ray Dodson, 38, of Winchester, Kentucky, was sentenced to 79 months in federal prison on Monday, by United States District Judge Joseph M. Hood, for distributing quantities of methamphetamine and selling firearms in Clark County, Kentucky, in October and November of 2017.
 

BOSTON – A Connecticut man pleaded guilty today in federal court in Springfield to a federal firearms charge.

 

Jermane Merlyn Samuel, 36, of Enfield, Conn., pleaded guilty to one count of receiving and possessing two firearms with obliterated serial numbers. U.S. District Court Judge Mark G. Mastroianni scheduled sentencing for July 31, 2019.

 

GREENSBORO, N.C. – Eleven individuals from Durham were indicted May 3, 2019, on federal charges relating to a series of violent robberies, announced Matthew G.T. Martin, United States Attorney for the Middle District of North Carolina and John A. Strong, Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in North Carolina.

John H. Durham, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that KELVIN PETERS, 42, of Hartford was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Alvin W. Thompson in Hartford to 37 months of imprisonment, followed by three years of supervised release, for illegally possessing a loaded handgun.
 
Bangor, Maine: United States Attorney Halsey B. Frank announced that Richard R. Hemingway, 34, of Ludlow, Maine, was sentenced today in U.S. District Court by Judge Lance E. Walker to 12 months and a day in prison and two years of supervised release for providing false information during the purchase of two firearms. Hemingway pleaded guilty on August 21, 2018.
 

SOUTH BEND –Rashee Herron, age 27, of South Bend, Indiana, was sentenced before United States District Court Judge Robert L. Miller, Jr., upon his plea of guilty to possessing with intent to distribute fentanyl and possessing one or more firearms in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, announced U. S. Attorney Kirsch.

 

BOSTON - A Springfield man pleaded guilty in federal court in Springfield on Monday, May 6, 2019, to his role in a firearms, narcotics, and money laundering conspiracy. 

 

MARIETTA, Ohio – Benjamin C. Glassman, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio, today announced three indictments against alleged drug dealers in Marietta and Washington County.
 
CONCORD - Julion Adamski Parker, a/k/a Julian Iden Lima, 27, of Chester, pleaded guilty in federal court to being a felon in possession of a firearm and making a false statement during the acquisition of a firearm, United States Attorney Scott W. Murray announced today.  

VICTORIA, Texas – A 30-year-old Cuero resident has been ordered to federal prison following his conviction of assault on a federal agent and related firearms charges, announced U.S. Attorney Ryan K. Patrick. Joseph Brent Benoit pleaded guilty Jan. 7, 2019.

 

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – A Kansas City, Mo., man was convicted by a federal trial jury today of illegally possessing a firearm.

Dionandre Ganter, 30, was found guilty of being a felon in possession of a firearm and of receiving a firearm while under indictment. Ganter has been detained in federal custody without bond since his arrest.

SOUTH BEND – Travis Norman, age 30, of Rochester, Indiana, was sentenced before United States District Court Judge Robert L. Miller upon his plea of guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm, announced U. S. Attorney Thomas L. Kirsch II.
 
Norman was sentenced to 77 months in prison followed by 3 years of supervised release.
 
Portland, Maine: United States Attorney Halsey B. Frank announced that Danny Rydle, 29, of Biddeford, Maine pled guilty today in U.S. District Court to conspiracy and theft of firearms from a federally licensed firearms dealer.
 
John H. Durham, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, today announced that a grand jury in Hartford has returned an indictment charging RAEKWON OVERSTREET, 23, of Waterbury, with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
 
The indictment was returned on April 10, 2019.  Overstreet appeared today before U.S. Magistrate Judge Robert M. Spector in New Haven and pleaded not guilty to the charge.  He has been detained since February 19, 2019, when he was arrested on related state charges.
 
Memphis, TN – A Lauderdale Countyman has been sentenced to 100 months in federal prison for illegally possessing firearms in furtherance of drug trafficking. U.S. Attorney D. Michael Dunavant announced the sentence today.
 
According to information presented in court, Derriyl DeAndre Maben, 34, was known as the “go to person” for anyone in need of firearms in Ripley, Tennessee. 
 
Four people were indicted in federal court for firearms offenses.
 
Daemonte D. Sims, 27, of Akron, was charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition. Sims possessed a Kel-Tec 9 mm pistol and ammunition on January 6, despite previous convictions for robbery, according to the indictment.
 
BIRMINGHAM – Federal agents this week arrested seven people indicted in April on charges that they conspired to distribute marijuana, announced U.S. Attorney Jay E. Town and Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms Special Agent in Charge Marcus Watson. 
 
John H. Durham, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, today announced that a grand jury in Hartford has returned an indictment charging WILLIAM MOORE, 39, of Waterbury, with drug trafficking and firearm offenses.
 
The indictment was returned on April 10, 2019.  Moore appeared today before U.S. Magistrate Judge Robert M. Spector in New Haven and pleaded not guilty to the charges.  He has been detained since February 25, 2019, when he was arrested on related state charges.
 
John H. Durham, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, today announced that CHARLES WILKERSON, 37, of Waterbury, pleaded guilty yesterday before U.S. District Judge Michael P. Shea in Hartford to one count of distribution of 28 grams or more of cocaine base (“crack”).
 
According to court documents and statement made in court, in May and June 2018, law enforcement made four controlled purchases of crack cocaine from Wilkerson in Waterbury.  One of the crack cocaine sales involved approximately 34 grams of crack.
 

ARRESTS INVOLVING GIRLS DROP 53 PERCENT OVER 10 YEAR PERIOD

WASHINGTON – Arrests of female juveniles in the U.S. declined by about 53 percent over a 10-year period and accounted for less than one-third of all youth arrests in the U.S. according to a new findings published today by the Department of Justice’s Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.

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HAMMOND – Ashley Patterson, 29 years old, of Crown Point, Indiana, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Philip P. Simon to 125 months in prison after pleading guilty to bank robbery and discharge of a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence, announced United States Attorney Thomas L. Kirsch II.

Baltimore, Maryland – U.S. District Judge George L. Russell, III today sentenced Delonte Conley, age 27, of Baltimore to 150 months in federal prison, followed by three years of supervised release, for conspiracy to participate in a racketeering enterprise related to his activities as a member of the Hillside gang that operated in the Cherry Hill neighborhood of Baltimore. 

COLUMBUS, Ohio – A Dayton man has pleaded guilty to charges related to robbing a Rite Aid in Brookville in July 2018.

David Allen Antonio Flemings, Jr., 22, of Dayton, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to robbery and possessing oxycodone.

Benjamin C. Glassman, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio, Jonathan McPherson, Special Agent in Charge, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), and Brookville Police Chief Douglas Jerome announced the pleas entered into before U.S. District Michael H. Watson.

LAS VEGAS, Nev. – A federal jury convicted a Las Vegas man Tuesday of drug and firearm crimes that resulted in the death of a man during a drug deal in November 2013, announced U.S. Attorney Nicholas A. Trutanich for the District of Nevada.
 
CONCORD - Joshua Hooper, 36, of Manchester, pleaded guilty in federal court to felon in possession of a firearm, United States Attorney Scott W. Murray announced today. 
 

NEW ORLEANS, LA — The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) New Orleans Field Division today announced a Mississippi man was sentenced to 20 years in prison for arson that destroyed an historic African-American house of worship and brought national attention to the Mississippi Delta during the presidential election period in 2016.

 

Greenbelt, Maryland – U.S. District Judge Paula Xinis sentenced Fatai Gafari, a/k/a Freak Dawg, age 28, of Temple Hills, Maryland, today to 151 months in federal prison, followed by five years of supervised release, for conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute phencyclidine (“PCP”), and for being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Jacksonville, Florida – U.S. District Judge Timothy J. Corrigan today sentenced Jerome Stancil (52, Jacksonville) to 15 years in federal prison for possessing a firearm as a convicted felon. 

 

Stancil had been found guilty on January 31, 2019, following a bench trial.

BIRMINGHAM – A federal grand jury indicted a Tuscaloosa man for being a felon in possession of a firearm announced U.S. Attorney Jay E. Town and ATF Special Agent in Charge Marcus Watson.

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