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BOSTON - A Burlington man was sentenced yesterday in federal court in Boston for illegally possessing 30 pieces of ammunition.
 
Brendan Sheils, 32, was sentenced by Judge Leo T. Sorokin to 46 months in prison and three years of supervised release. In December 2018, Sheils pleaded guilty to one-count of being a felon in possession of ammunition. 
 

On March 15, 2019, four Broward County, Florida residents were convicted by a federal jury for their participation in a string of armed robberies using firearms.  One defendant was also convicted of kidnapping four victims. 

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – A Joplin, Mo., man was sentenced in federal court today for leading a conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine in Jasper County, Mo.

 

Donald B. Loomis, 36, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge M. Douglas Harpool to 30 years in federal prison without parole.

 

Baltimore, Maryland – Terrel Edward Elliott, Jr., age 24, of Baltimore, Maryland, pleaded guilty late on March 15, 2019, to unlicensed dealing in firearms and to being a felon in possession of firearms and ammunition.  According to his plea agreement, Elliott was dealing in firearms less than two months after his release from prison and on a first-degree assault conviction in the Circuit Court of Maryland for Howard County.

PITTSBURGH – Steven White was sentenced to 180 months in federal prison for possessing a firearm after several prior felony convictions, United States Attorney Scott W. Brady announced today.

Greenbelt, Maryland – U.S. District Judge George J. Hazel today sentenced Darius Eric Wilder, age 41, of Silver Spring, Maryland, to 35 years in federal prison, followed by five years of supervised release for committing arson, and for using, carrying and possessing a destructive device during and in furtherance of a crime of violence, related to the firebombing of his ex-girlfriend’s apartment.  A federal jury convicted Wilder of those charges on August 16, 2018.

 

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – A 22-year-old Beaumont resident has been ordered to federal prison following his conviction for robbery and brandishing a firearm during a crime of violence, announced U.S. Attorney Ryan K. Patrick. Dveaunta Montez Hall pleaded guilty Dec. 17, 2018.

 

Baltimore, Maryland – U.S. District Judge George L. Russell, III sentenced Christopher Dean Taggart, age 52, of Hampstead, Maryland, today to 57 months in federal prison, followed by three years of supervised release, for being a felon in possession of firearms and ammunition, as well as illegal possession of a destructive device. 

RALEIGH – United States Attorney Robert J. Higdon, Jr. announced that yesterday in federal court, Chief United States District Judge Terrence W. Boyle sentenced JAQUIN JAMAL PRATT, 20, and NIKITA SHONTEL TAYLOR, 26, of Rocky Mount, North Carolina to 120 months imprisonment, followed by 3 years of supervised release and 8 7 months imprisonment, followed by 3 years of supervised release respectfully.

 

SANTA ANA, California – A federal grand jury today issued a four-count indictment against a Long Beach man for his role in the May 15, 2018 bombing of the Magyar Kozmetica spa in Aliso Viejo that killed the man’s ex-girlfriend and seriously injured two other people.

Stephen William Beal, 59, who was arrested earlier this month pursuant to a criminal complaint, was charged with four felonies:

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – A Kanawha County felon pled guilty to a federal gun crime, announced United States Attorney Mike Stuart.  Mason Laviro Scragg, 24, of Chesapeake, West Virginia, entered his guilty plea to being a felon in possession of a firearm.  Stuart commended the investigation conducted by the Kanawha County Sheriff’s Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF).

“Convicted felon. Stolen gun. Meth,” said United States Attorney Mike Stuart.  “It’s offenders like Scragg that are responsible for much of the crime in our communities.” 

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Three 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.

 

HOUSTON - Five area men have been ordered to prison for their roles in a string of Houston-area armed robberies, including one in which someone was almost killed, announced U.S. Attorney Ryan K. Patrick.

Reshaun Lee Jenkins, 25, James Daniel Henderson, 24, Ashton Armstrong, 24, Cedric L. Andrews, 44, and Bradley Alexander, 28, had all previously pleaded guilty for their crimes as did Tadarius Robinson, 23, and Joseph Adams, 34, both also of Houston, and Mik Yia Shua Faye Durden, 22, of Livingston, and Travescy Cauley, 27, of Beaumont.

Aiken, South Carolina --- United States Attorney Sherri A. Lydon announced today that 26 individuals, many of them associates of a violent criminal street gang, have been indicted on drug and firearms charges after a series of investigations in South Carolina and Georgia.

The investigation and arrests were announced in a joint press conference held at the Aiken Department of Public Safety by the United States Attorney’s Offices for the District of South Carolina and the Southern District of Georgia.

David Hill, 39, Edgerton, Wisconsin, is charged with being a felon in possession of firearms. The indictment alleges that on February 25, 2019, he possessed a loaded .40 caliber pistol, a .45 caliber pistol, and three rifles.

If convicted, Hill faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in federal prison. The charge against him is the result of an investigation by the Edgerton Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. The prosecution of this case is being handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney Rita M. Rumbelow.

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – Four individuals, including two from Columbus, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court today to conspiring to illegally purchase firearms.

 

PITTSBURGH, Pa. – An Allegheny County felon has been indicted by a federal grand jury in Pittsburgh on a charge of violating federal firearms laws, United States Attorney Scott W. Brady announced today.

The one-count Indictment named Michael William Horvwalt, 32, formerly of Homestead, PA, as the sole defendant.

According to the Indictment, on or about January 8, 2019, Horvwalt possessed a firearm and ammunition, despite his prior felony convictions.  Federal law prohibits a felon from possessing a firearm or ammunition.

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – A Joplin, Mo., woman was sentenced in federal court today for illegally possessing a firearm.

 

Tracy Arlene Smith, 48, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge M. Douglas Harpool to 19 years and seven months in federal prison without parole.

 

GREENSBORO, N.C. B  A Greensboro resident and known gang associate was sentenced on March 11, 2019, in federal court in Greensboro, announced United States Attorney Matthew G.T. Martin of the Middle District of North Carolina. 

Columbia, South Carolina ---- United States Attorney Sherri A. Lydon announced today that Jamarcus Dontaye Patterson, age 36, of Lancaster, South Carolina, was sentenced to 115 months (9.5 years) in federal prison after pleading guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition. Following the term of imprisonment, Patterson will be on federal supervised release for 3 years. Senior United States District Judge Terry L. Wooten, of Columbia, imposed the sentence.
 

A Mansfield man with a long criminal record was sentenced to 15 years in prison for a firearms crime.

James D. Butler, 56, was sentenced after a jury last year found him guilty of being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Butler possessed a Walther 9 mm pistol and ammunition, on Aug. 24, 2017, despite prior convictions for aggravated arson, aggravated assault, robbery and burglary, according to the indictment.

John H. Durham, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, today announced that QUADELL DANIELS, 32, of New London, pleaded guilty yesterday before U.S. District Judge Michael P. Shea in Hartford to one count of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
 

PITTSBURGH, Pa. – A federal grand jury returned an indictment charging a resident of Pittsburgh, PA, with a violation of federal firearms laws, United States Attorney Scott W. Brady announced today.

The one-count Indictment, returned on March 12, named James Robert Snyder, 27, as the sole defendant.

John H. Durham, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that PAVAN VASWANI, 40, a citizen of India residing in West Haven, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Janet C. Hall in New Haven to 18 months of imprisonment, followed by two years of supervised release, for his role in a scheme to defraud the State of Connecticut of more than $5.8 million in taxes due on tobacco products imported into the state.
 

Twenty-two people were indicted in federal court for their roles in a conspiracy to traffic fentanyl, heroin, fentanyl analogues including carfentanil and other drugs, which they sold in Euclid and Cleveland to customers from across Northeast Ohio.

MADISON, WIS. – Scott C. Blader, United States Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin, announced that Raymond Jackson, 52, Chicago, Illinois, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge James D. Peterson to 30 months in federal prison for possessing two firearms and ammunition as a felon. Jackson pleaded guilty to the charge on December 17, 2018.

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – A 31-year-old Corpus Christi resident has been ordered to federal prison following his conviction for being a previously convicted felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition, announced U.S. Attorney Ryan K. Patrick. Ricardo Diego Garza pleaded guilty Nov. 29, 2018.
 

Baltimore, Maryland – Chief U.S. District Judge James K. Bredar sentenced Shawn Thomas, a/k/a Bucky, age 38, of Baltimore, Maryland, today to 35 years in federal prison for participating in a racketeering conspiracy, as a leader in the Black Guerilla Family (BGF) gang. 

 

CONCORD - Jose Rafael Soriano, 28, of Lynn, Massachusetts, was sentenced to 30 months in prison for aiding another in an illegal effort to purchase firearms, United States Attorney Scott W. Murray announced.
 
The Office of the United States Attorney for the District of Vermont announced that Ira Flowers, 36, of Claremont, New Hampshire was arrested yesterday after having been indicted by a Vermont grand jury for possessing a 9mm semi-automatic pistol after having been convicted of multiple felonies. Flowers appeared before United States Magistrate Judge Andrea K. Johnston, in Concord, New Hampshire, and consented to his detention pending transfer to the District of
Vermont.
 

SOUTH BEND – Joshua Banks, age 31, of South Bend, Indiana was convicted of being a felon in possession of a firearm, announced U.S. Attorney Kirsch.

 

U.S. District Court Judge Jon E. DeGuilio, presided over this 2-day trial. 

 

WASHINGTON – The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) National Center for Explosives Training and Research (NCETR), in partnership with the U.S. Army Headquarters, Department of the Army (HQDA) G-38 – Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD), announce the 2019 Raven's Challenge Interoperability Exercise, a national training event to prepare and counter the threat of improvised explosive devices (IEDs). The exercise will run at multiple locations throughout the United States, March 19 through July 20, 2019 as follows:

  • March 10-15, Camp Blanding in Starke, FL

LITTLE ROCK—A Missouri resident overheard on jail calls threatening to kill law enforcement officers and witnesses was sentenced today to federal prison for 10 years for possessing a firearm in Arkansas. Cody Hiland, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Arkansas, announced that multi-convicted felon Jimmy David McVay, 34, of Steele, Mo., was sentenced to the statutory maximum 120 months in prison for his illegal possession of a firearm in Blytheville in 2016.

Memphis, TN – Tavares Clayborn, 29, the last member of a five-man robbery crew, has been sentenced to 292 months in federal prison for robbery and for being a felon in possession of ammunition. U.S. Attorney D. Michael Dunavant announced the sentence today.
 

ROCK ISLAND, Ill. – A Galesburg, Ill., man, Marvin Louis Davis, 28, has been ordered to serve four years in federal prison after admitting that he lied when he purchased multiple guns from a licensed firearms dealer in Galesburg. On Sept. 27, 2018, Davis pleaded guilty to providing a false address to the firearms dealer in April 2016, when he purchased eight handguns and one long gun. At the time of purchase, Davis, in fact, lived in a public housing complex where firearms are prohibited.

 

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – A Kansas City, Mo., man pleaded guilty in federal court today to possessing firearms stolen overnight from parked vehicles.

 

Jerel D. Jones, 26, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Howard F. Sachs to possessing at least seven stolen firearms.

 

CAMDEN, N.J. – A Salem County, New Jersey, man with a previous felony record was sentenced today to 96 months in prison for illegally possessing guns and selling guns without a license, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced.
 

Evansville – United States Attorney Josh J. Minkler announced the indictment of 10 fentanyl traffickers, which was unsealed today in the U.S. District Court in Evansville, Indiana. Law enforcement officers from the region participated in the execution of arrest and search warrants related to the investigation on persons and residences in Evansville and elsewhere. Initial hearings for seven of the defendants charged in the indictment will be held today in the Evansville United States District Court starting at 3:00 p.m. 

Baltimore, Maryland – Jonathan Thompson, age 25, of Baltimore, Maryland, pleaded guilty today to carjacking and to brandishing a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence. 

 

Bangor, Maine:  United States Attorney Halsey B. Frank announced that Michael Ringer, 49, of Carthage, Maine, pleaded guilty today in U.S. District Court to being a felon in possession of a firearm.

 

Baltimore, Maryland – A federal jury convicted Erick Rahumid Hobbs, a/k/a Eric Muhammad, age 39, of Baltimore, Maryland, on March 6, 2019 for illegally possessing a firearm and ammunition.  Hobbs was previously convicted of a felony and was therefore prohibited from possessing firearms or ammunition. 

A former Toledo police officer was charged in federal court with possession of a stolen firearm.
 
Curtis Stone, 56, of Delta, was in possession of a Taurus .380-caliber pistol on December 4, 2018, that was previously recorded as being destroyed by the Toledo Police Department.
 
According to an affidavit filed in U.S. District Court:
 

John H. Durham, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, and Brian D. Boyle, Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration for New England, today announced that a federal grand jury in Hartford has returned an indictment charging 24 individuals connected to a southeastern Connecticut drug trafficking ring with narcotics and related offenses.

RICHMOND, Va. – Over 150 law enforcement agents and officers executed a coordinated takedown this morning in Petersburg, arresting seven individuals on various drug and firearms charges including heroin, fentanyl, and cocaine distribution and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. An eighth individual was arrested in Texas and a ninth individual was already in custody on state charges.

 

SAVANNAH, GA: A multi-agency operation in the Southern District of Georgia is receiving national recognition for dismantling a major drug trafficking organization whose methods included delivering contraband to prisons with drones and using funding from a lottery winner.

BLUEFIELD, W.Va. – A Princeton woman pled guilty today to federal gun crimes, announced United States Attorney Mike Stuart.  Kimberly Addair, 46, of Princeton, West Virginia, entered her guilty pleas to one count of making false or fictitious statements, and one count of disposing of firearms to a convicted felon.  Stuart commended the investigative efforts of federal agents from West Virginia and New Jersey offices of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF).

SANTA ANA, California – The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) worked together with local law enforcement to arrest an individual suspected in conducting four armed robberies of GameStop retail stores in Orange and Los Angeles counties. The armed robberies occurred between August and October 2018.

John H. Durham, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that JASON BROCKETT, 45, of Waterbury, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Robert N. Chatigny in Hartford to 14 months of imprisonment, followed by three years of supervised release, for trafficking heroin and crack cocaine

A Wooster man was indicted in federal court after making threats purporting to be from women associated with an adult website.
 
Christopher Smallwood, 25, was indicted on one count of interstate transmission of a threat and one count of willfully making a threat.
 

SAVANNAH, GA:  Seventeen additional defendants indicted on drug trafficking and firearms charges as part of Operation Vanilla Gorilla have pled guilty in federal court, bringing to 33 the total number of guilty pleas only months after charges were filed.

SCRANTON – The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that Joseph Kamosky, age 36, of Damascus, Pennsylvania, was indicted by a federal grand jury for possession of illegal firearm silencers.

According to United States Attorney David J. Freed, the indictment alleges that Kamosky possessed three illegally-made firearm silencers on or about October 25, 2018, in Scranton, Pennsylvania.

HARRISBURG - The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that on March 4, 2019, Henry Morales, age 24, of Lancaster, Pennsylvania, pleaded guilty before United States Magistrate Judge Susan E. Schwab to conspiracy and burglary of a pharmacy, conspiracy and possession of stolen firearms, and possession of firearms as a convicted felon.

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – An Oklahoma man was sentenced in federal court today for the armed robbery of a hotel in Columbia, Mo., on May 31, 2017.

 

SYRACUSE, NEW YORK – Nahshon Nance, 21, of Syracuse, New York was sentenced today to serve 46 months in federal prison, to be followed by 3 years of supervised release, in connection with his plea of guilty to possessing a .45 caliber revolver as a convicted felon, announced United States Attorney Grant C. Jaquith, John B. DeVito, Special Agent in Charge of the New York Field Division of the United States Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and Syracuse Police Chief Kenton Buckner.

John H. Durham, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that DANIEL VAZQUEZ, also known as “Chino,” 21, of East Hartford, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Alvin W. Thompson in Hartford to 84 months of imprisonment, followed by four years of supervised release, for his role in a gun trafficking ring and a shooting in 2016.
 

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – A Fulton, Missouri man was sentenced in federal court today for his role in firing shots at law enforcement officers and other motorists during a high-speed pursuit by law enforcement.

 

Russell Dean Moore, 28, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Brian C. Wimes to 30 years in federal prison without parole.

 

Portland, Maine:  United States Attorney Halsey B. Frank announced that Nera James, also known as “King,” 39, of Lewiston, Maine, was sentenced today in U.S. District Court by Judge George Z. Singal to 67 months in prison and three years of supervised release for possession with the intent to distribute furanyl fentanyl, a fentanyl analogue.  James pled guilty on May 30, 2018. 

 

Memphis, TN – Marcus Danner a/k/a "Poncho", 39, was sentenced to 352 months imprisonment for his role in a conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine, the possession of a firearm in the furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, and aiding and abetting an attempted robbery. U.S. Attorney D. Michael Dunavant announced the sentence today.

ROCKFORD — A Rockford, Ill., man, ALVIN J. MALONE, 31, was indicted today by a federal grand jury in Rockford for illegally possessing firearms as a convicted felon. The indictment alleges that on Feb. 19, 2019, Malone illegally possessed a loaded 12 gauge shotgun, a .22 caliber rifle, and a loaded .45 semi-automatic pistol.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - March 5, 2019 – Two indictments unsealed today charged thirteen Middle Tennessee individuals with various crimes relating to a conspiracy to unlawfully possess and distribute heroin, cocaine and methamphetamine in the Middle Tennessee area, and federal firearms violations, announced U.S. Attorney Don Cochran. 

Earlier today, local, state and federal law enforcement officers began arresting those charged and all but one are in custody.  Robert Bell, 41 of Murfreesboro, Tennessee, remains at large.

LOS ANGELES – A Los Angeles man and his long-time girlfriend have been found guilty of racketeering conspiracy for collecting and storing extortionate “taxes” for the man’s brother, an imprisoned Mexican Mafia member, and for acting as the brother’s eyes and ears on the street, delivering coded messages to him, including one message that resulted in an individual being marked for death.

SANTA ANA, California – Law enforcement authorities associated with the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force on Sunday arrested a Long Beach man on federal charges stemming from an explosion last year that destroyed a day spa in Aliso Viejo, killed the man’s former girlfriend, and caused serious injuries to two spa clients.

 

SANTA ANA, California – The ringleader of a crew that committed 10 armed robberies of Verizon stores across Southern California and Arizona, netting approximately $340,000 worth of stolen smartphones and other merchandise in the process, pleaded guilty on Friday to three federal felonies.

 

HAMMOND- Roberto Molina, 38, of Chicago, Illinois, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Joseph S. Van Bokkelen to 57 months imprisonment followed by 3 years of supervised release after pleading guilty to possession with intent to distribute 1 kilogram or more of heroin, announced U.S. Attorney Kirsch. 

 

Memphis, TN – A local man was sentenced as an armed career criminal for being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm and drugs. U.S. Attorney D. Michael Dunavant announced the sentence today.

According to information presented in court, on October 4, 2017, detectives with the Memphis Police Department Organized Crime Unit (OCU) obtained narcotics search warrants for both 656 North Dunlap and 4771 Winchester to search for marijuana in the possession of Marlon Pruitt a/k/a "Big Putt."

CHARLESTON, W.Va. –  A Charleston man was sentenced to 30 months in prison for a federal firearms crime, announced United States Attorney Michael B. Stuart.   Michael Matthew Phillips, age 31, was convicted of possessing a firearm by a prohibited person in September of last year following a two-day jury trial.  Senior District Court Judge David A. Faber presided over the trial and sentencing hearing.
 

Memphis, TN –A convicted felon has been found guilty by a federal jury for making false statements on federal background check form ATF 4473 and for illegally possessing firearms. U.S. Attorney D. Michael Dunavant announced the guilty verdict today.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – March 1, 2019 – Jacquise Miller, aka, “Boo Boo,” 20, of Nashville, Tennessee, was convicted today, following a four-day trial in U.S. District Court, of possessing cocaine and marijuana with the intent to distribute and possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, announced U.S. Attorney Don Cochran for the Middle District of Tennessee. 

 

PITTSBURGH, PA - A resident of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, pleaded guilty in federal court to a charge of possession of a firearm and ammunition by a convicted felon, United States Attorney Scott W. Brady announced today.
 
Darnell James Shipman, 29, pleaded guilty to one count before United States District Judge Nora Barry Fischer.
 

FORT WAYNE – Reginald Gant, 33 years old, of Fort Wayne, Indiana, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Chief Judge Theresa L. Springmann after pleading guilty to Possessing with Intent to Distribute a Controlled Substance and Possessing a Firearm in Furtherance of a Drug Trafficking Crime, announced U.S. Attorney Kirsch.

 

Gant was sentenced to 168 months imprisonment and 4 years of supervised release. 

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – March 1, 2019 – Four Nashville men were sentenced this week, by Chief U.S. District Judge Waverly D. Crenshaw, Jr.,  to more than 75 years in federal prison, collectively, for their violent conduct during an 8-month violent crime spree in 2014-2015, announced U.S. Attorney Don Cochran for the Middle District of Tennessee. 

           

HARRISBURG -The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that Terrance Harden, age 27, of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania was indicted on February 27, 2019, by a federal grand jury on drug trafficking and firearms charges.

According to United States Attorney David J. Freed, the indictment alleges that Harden possessed with the intent to distribute fentanyl and cocaine on May 31, 2018, in Harrisburg, and possessed a loaded 9mm handgun in furtherance of drug trafficking as a convicted felon.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – A Kansas City, Mo., man has been sentenced in federal court for illegally possessing a firearm.

 

Laron J. Wainwright, 44, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Beth Phillips on Thursday, Feb. 28, 2019, to 20 years in federal prison without parole. Wainwright was sentenced as an armed career offender due to his prior felony convictions.

 

Baltimore, Maryland – U.S. District Judge Ellen L. Hollander sentenced Ernest McRae, a/k/a Rat and Man Man, age 38, of Baltimore, Maryland today to 17 years in federal prison, followed by five years of supervised release, for conspiracy to distribute heroin, powder cocaine, and crack cocaine.

 

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – On February 27, 2019, a federal grand jury returned an indictment charging Yadiel José Mangual (a resident of Florida with family ties to Puerto Rico) for mailing firearms from Florida to Puerto Rico illegally, announced Rosa Emilia Rodríguez-Vélez, United States Attorney for the District of Puerto Rico. The investigation was a joint effort between the United States Postal Inspection Service (USPIS) and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobbaco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF).

WASHINGTON – Eric Rory, 40, of Suitland, Md., was sentenced today to 37 months in prison for illegally possessing and selling firearms.

 

Five people – including men with convictions for attempted murder with a firearm and abduction -- were indicted in federal court for firearms crimes.
 
Indicted are: Malik Abdul Aziz, also known as Tommie Beaman, 48, of Cleveland; Tonio Burton, 28, of Cleveland; Diablo Tate, 38, of Euclid; Hannibal Yarbo, 27, of Cleveland, and Johnny L. Geiger, Jr., 22, of Maple Heights.
 
A federal grand jury returned a five-count indictment charging a Youngstown man with drug and firearms crimes.
 
Chad A. Little, 34, was charged with maintaining a drug-involved premises, possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine, heroin and fentanyl, possession of a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking and being felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition.
 

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – A Joplin, Mo., man was sentenced in federal court today for illegally possessing more than 1.4 kilograms of methamphetamine and a firearm.

 

Keith K. Koile, 34, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge M. Douglas Harpool to 25 years in federal prison without parole.

 

 
LEXINGTON, Ky. - Law enforcement officials announced today the results of coordinated efforts to reduce violent crime in Lexington, during 2018.
 
According to statistics recently released by the Lexington Police Department, violent crime in Lexington decreased by 13% in 2018, compared to 2017. This decrease included declines in homicides (down 21 %), robberies (down 21 %), aggravated assaults (down 11 %), and shootings (down 23%). Additionally, shots fired calls decreased by 9%.
 

 

Baltimore, Maryland – Devon Dent, age 28, of Baltimore, Maryland pleaded guilty on February 27, 2019, to racketeering and drug conspiracies related to his participation in the gang activities of the Murdaland Mafia Piru (MMP), a subset of the Bloods gang. As part of his gang activities, Dent admitted that he distributed crack cocaine for the gang and that he was present when a MMP co-defendant attempted to kill a victim outside a Baltimore nightclub, shooting that person multiple times in the head and torso.

WILMINGTON, Del. – David C. Weiss, United States Attorney for the District of Delaware, announced that on February 27, 2019, Elias K. Davie, age 37, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Richard G. Andrews to 24 months incarceration.  Davie pled guilty to making false statements to a licensed firearms dealer in the acquisition of firearms. 

Baltimore, Maryland – Tyron Evans, age 42, of Baltimore, Maryland pleaded guilty today in U.S. District Court to possession with intent to distribute heroin.  On February 27, 2019, his co-defendant, Brandon Pride, age 38, also of Baltimore, Maryland, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute heroin. 

 

Greenbelt, Maryland – A federal grand jury today indicted Christopher Paul Hasson, age 49, of Silver Spring, Maryland, on federal charges for unlawful possession of silencers, for possession of firearms by a drug addict and unlawful user, and for possession of a controlled substance.  Hasson was arrested on related charges on February 15, 2019, and has been detained since his arrest.

 

PITTSBURGH, PA - A resident of McKeesport, Pennsylvania, has been indicted by a federal grand jury in Pittsburgh on a charge of federal firearms violations, United States Attorney Scott W. Brady announced today.

The one-count Indictment returned on February 26, named Eric Antoin Johnson, 22, as the sole defendant.

Montgomery, Alabama- On February 25, 2019, Tanya Lee English, (a/k/a Tanya Roberts and Tanya Wilson), 44, of Tuskegee, Alabama, was sentenced to 84 months in federal prison for wire fraud, aggravated identity theft, and federal firearms charges, announced U.S. Attorney Louis V. Franklin, Sr., and Postal Inspector in Charge of the Houston Division Adrian Gonzalez. There is no parole in the federal system. In addition to the seven-year prison sentence, English is subject to three years of supervision once released and was ordered to pay $119,550.15 in restitution.

BOSTON – A Worcester man was sentenced yesterday in federal court in Worcester for drug and firearm offenses.

 

FORT WAYNE – Danurell Blair, age 40, of Anderson, Indiana, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Chief Judge Theresa L. Springmann after pleading guilty to 2 counts of Bank Robbery, announced U.S. Attorney Kirsch.

 

Blair was sentenced to 70 months in prison followed by 3 years of supervised release and was ordered to pay restitution to the victims of his offense in the total amount of $ 70,074.69.

 

John H. Durham, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, today announced that TIMOTHY STATON, 23, of Bridgeport, pleaded guilty yesterday in Hartford federal court to one count of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

John H. Durham, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, and Kelly D. Brady, Special Agent in Charge, ATF Boston Field Division, announced that TYRUS PRUDE, 29, of Enfield, pleaded guilty today in Hartford federal court to one count of possession of ammunition by a convicted felon.

RALEIGH – Robert J. Higdon, Jr., the United States Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina, announces that Senior United States District Judge W. Earl Britt sentenced CALVIN BRUCE BEARD, a/k/a "40 Cal.", 39, of Fayetteville to 262 months’ imprisonment, followed by 5 years of supervised released.
 
On October 1, 2018, BEARD pled guilty to conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute 28 grams or more of cocaine base (crack) and a quantity of cocaine and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.

WASHINGTON – Kevin Hammond, 26, of Suitland, Md., was sentenced today to 15 years in prison for an armed carjacking in the Ivy City neighborhood of Northeast Washington in which he pistol-whipped the victim so violently that the gun broke into two pieces. He then fled from police before being captured a short time later at a construction site.

Bangor, Maine:  United States Attorney Halsey B. Frank announced that Ethan Rumery, 24, of Pittsfield, Maine, pled guilty yesterday in U.S. District Court to conspiring to violate federal firearms laws. 

 

FORT WAYNE – Shon Gibson, 47, of Rome City, Indiana, was sentenced before Chief Judge Theresa L. Springmann on his plea of guilty to possessing with intent to distribute 5 grams or more of methamphetamine and being a felon in possession of a firearm, announced U.S. Attorney Kirsch. 

Gibson was sentenced to 204 months in prison and 8 years of supervised release.

St. Louis, MO – Derek Whitfield, 36, of St. Louis, pled guilty to federal charges of being a felon in possession of a firearm; possession with intent to distribute fentanyl; possession with intent to distribute cocaine base; and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug-trafficking crime.  He appeared in federal court this afternoon before U.S. District Judge Henry Autrey who accepted his guilty plea and set sentencing for May 28, 2019.

FORT WAYNE, IN –Quran Waterford, 34, of Bloomington, Indiana and Gary McCaleb, 29, of Harvey, Illinois were charged with Hobbs Act Robbery, and possessing and using a firearm during the commission of a crime of violence announced U.S. Attorney Thomas L. Kirsch, II.  

 

CHARLESTON, W.VA. – A Clay County man pled guilty to a federal firearms charge, said United States Attorney Mike Stuart.  Timothy Fields, 40, of Procious, pled guilty to being a felon in possession of firearms.   The investigation was conducted by the Jackson County Probation Office, Clay County Sheriff’s Department, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.  

 

BOSTON – A Dominican national was sentenced in federal court in Boston today to 10 years in prison for trafficking heroin and fentanyl.
 

LOS ANGELES – A former lieutenant in the Pasadena Police Department was sentenced today to one year and one day in federal prison for exploiting his status as a police officer to engage in the unlicensed sale of more than 100 firearms and for making a false statement during the purchase of a firearm.

 

Memphis, TN –A local man has been found guilty by a jury for being a felon in possession of a firearm after he committed an armed robbery. U.S. Attorney D. Michael Dunavant announced the conviction today.

Jacksonville, Florida – U.S. District Judge Brian J. Davis today sentenced Jemone Lawrence Walker (33, Jacksonville) to 15 years and 8 months in federal prison, for possessing a firearm as a convicted felon. A federal jury found Walker guilty on June 7, 2018.
 

Bangor, Maine:  United States Attorney Halsey B. Frank announced that Amy Bingaman, 34, of Levant, Maine, was sentenced today in U.S. District Court by Judge Nancy Torresen to 12 months and one day in prison and three years of supervised release for conspiracy to make false statements to a federal firearms licensee and making false statements to federal agents.  

 

The Office of the United States Attorney for the District of Vermont stated that Marvin A. Jones, 24, a resident of New Jersey who recently lived in Vermont, was sentenced to 36

months imprisonment on February 20, 2019, in United States District Court in Rutland.

Jones pleaded guilty in November, 2018, to purchasing a semi-automatic pistol in Vermont and selling it in New Jersey without a license to do so. As part of a plea deal, Jones

The Office of the United States Attorney for the District of Vermont stated that Douglas Bedell, age 56, of Williamstown, Vermont, has been indicted and detained on a federal firearms charge. At his arraignment in U.S. District Court in Burlington on February 22, 2019, Bedell pleaded not guilty and was ordered detained in the custody of the U.S. Marshal’s Service pending disposition of the charge. Bedell was also ordered to undergo a competency evaluation.

BOSTON - A Worcester man appeared in federal court in Worcester today to face an illegal firearm possession charge.

 

Christopher Brown, 34, was charged on Feb. 19, 2019, with one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm. He appeared in federal court in Worcester this afternoon and was returned to state custody where he is currently held on pretrial detention.

 

Earlier today, Jose Rodriguez was sentenced by United States District Judge Eric N. Vitaliano to 272 months’ imprisonment for leading a Far Rockaway-based drug trafficking organization that distributed more than a kilogram of heroin, quantities of crack and powder cocaine and marijuana, and sold more than a dozen firearms, including two assault rifles. Rodriguez pleaded guilty on January 20, 2017 to conspiring to distribute narcotics and using and brandishing a firearm in furtherance of a narcotics distribution conspiracy.
 

WASHINGTON – The Office of Justice Programs today announced an award of $750,000 to the Association of Prosecuting Attorneys, Inc., to improve the investigation and prosecution of child abuse.

Thank you all so much for being here and participating in today’s discussion.  I’d like to echo Director Keith in thanking Brian Dorow from the Department of Homeland Security and Chuck Wexler from the Police Executive Research Forum, and I’d also like to acknowledge Brendan Groves, Senior Counsel to the Deputy Attorney General, who provided guidance and expertise on the development of the forum. 

MADISON, WIS. – Scott C. Blader, United States Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin, announced that Eugene Ripp, 66, DeForest, Wisconsin, pleaded guilty yesterday to willfully engaging in the business of dealing firearms without a qualifying federal firearms license. 

St. Louis, MO – Paul “Paco” Garcia, 39, of Barnhart, was charged in a federal indictment with one felony count of being a felon in possession of a firearm. 
 
According to the indictment, Garcia possessed one or more firearms on September 14, 2018, despite being previously convicted of a felony crime. 
 

RALEIGH – United States Attorney Robert J. Higdon, Jr. announced that United States District Judge James C. Dever III sentenced GEORGE HADDEN, 36, of Fayetteville, North Carolina to 240 months imprisonment, followed by five years of supervised release. HADDEN was sentenced as an Armed Career Criminal.

 

LOS ANGELES – Three men were arrested this morning on federal drug distribution charges alleging they conspired with a Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputy and others to steal more than 1,200 pounds of marijuana and $645,000 in cash and money orders during an armed robbery of a downtown Los Angeles warehouse that was staged to look like law enforcement was executing a search warrant.
 

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Following a record-breaking number of prosecutions of violent felony offenders in possession of firearms in 2018, the United States Attorney’s office has charged a new round of cases in 2019 as part of the ongoing Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) effort to tackle violent crime in Metro Louisville.

RALEIGH — The United States Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina, Robert J. Higdon, Jr., announced that today, United States District Judge James C. Dever, III, sentenced VICTOR EUGENE DORM, 30, of Wilmington to 240 months’ imprisonment, followed by 5 years of supervised release.

 

ROCKFORD — A Chicago area man pleaded guilty today in federal court before U.S. District Judge Frederick J. Kapala on firearms charges. BRUCE WALKER, 24, of Calumet City, Ill., pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit an offense against the United States by stealing a firearm from a licensed firearms dealer and one count of possessing a stolen firearm.
 

GREENEVILLE, Tenn. - On February 20, 2019, James Fitzgerald Simonton, a/k/a “Boogie,” 51, of Kingsport, Tennessee, was sentenced by the Honorable J. Ronnie Greer, Senior U.S. District Judge, to serve 330 months in federal prison.  There is no parole in the federal system. 

BOSTON - A Lowell man was arrested yesterday and charged in federal court in Boston with being a felon in possession of a firearm.

 

Pablo L. Rivera, 53, was charged with one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm.

 

PITTSBURGH, PA – Marvin Dennis was convicted of committing heroin and crack cocaine trafficking and firearm crimes, United States Attorney Scott W. Brady announced today.
 

ST.  LOUIS — The National Response Team (NRT) of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) arrived on-scene Tuesday to join agents from the St. Louis ATF Office in investigating the fire that destroyed the Woodard Cleaning and Restoration warehouse in Rock Hill, Mo.

GRAND RAPIDS, MICHIGAN – United States Attorney Andrew Birge announced today that Alex Alberto Castro received 42 years in prison for conspiring to distribute heroin and cocaine. A federal jury convicted Castro in October 2018. He was the lead defendant of a 20-defendant drug conspiracy that began in 2013 and continued until all defendants were arrested in 2017. Chief United States District Judge Robert J. Jonker handed down the sentence.

NORFOLK, Va. – A Franklin man was sentenced today to over eight years in prison for being a felon in possession of firearms and possessing firearms in furtherance of drug-trafficking crimes.

On February 14, 2019, Jose Antonio Morales, 33, of Fort Pierce, was convicted, by a federal jury in West Palm Beach, of being a felon unlawfully in possession of a firearm and possessing marijuana with the intent to distribute the controlled substance.

PHILADELPHIA – United States Attorney William M. McSwain announced that Bryant Calloway a/k/a “Bigs,” 32, of Philadelphia, was convicted today by a jury of one count of murder. He was also convicted of one count of conspiracy to distribute 280 grams or more of cocaine base; one count of using, carrying, brandishing and discharging a firearm during a drug trafficking crime; one count of maintaining a house for drug distribution (and doing so within 1,000 feet of a playground); and one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm.

PITTSBURGH, PA – A resident of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, has been sentenced to four years and 10 months incarceration for his convictions of violating federal firearms laws and violating the terms of his supervised release, United States Attorney Scott W. Brady announced today.

SCRANTON - The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced today that Cara Dubaskas, age 26, of Plymouth, Pennsylvania, received a time served sentence of seven months’ imprisonment and three years of supervised release on February 15, 2019, by United States District Judge Malachy E. Mannion, for conspiring to distribute heroin, crack cocaine, and fentanyl.

LOS ANGELES – A California lawyer and former Rialto police officer was indicted today by a federal grand jury after he was found with a fake FBI credential, a hand grenade, silencers and several illegal firearms, including a loaded AR-type semiautomatic rifle.

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – A previously convicted felon was sentenced today to over three years in prison for possessing a firearm.
 
“Convicted felons who possess a firearm will be held accountable and prosecuted,” said G. Zachary Terwilliger, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia. “We remain steadfast in our commitment to removing guns from the hands of criminals as they present a real danger to the safety of our law enforcement partners and members of the communities they serve.”
 

NORFOLK, Va. – A federal jury convicted a Norfolk man today on charges of robbery and brandishing a firearm during a robbery.

GREENSBORO, N.C. – A Laurinburg man who sold firearms and cocaine was sentenced to federal prison today, announced Matthew G.T. Martin, United States Attorney for the Middle District of North Carolina.

RICHMOND, Va. – A previously convicted felon was sentenced today to nearly six years in prison for attempted robbery and being a felon in possession of a firearm.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – February 14, 2019 – Jamal J. Gardner, 47, of Columbia, Tennessee, was charged today in a criminal complaint with being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm, announced U.S. Attorney Don Cochran for the Middle District of Tennessee. 

 

CHICAGO — A convicted felon has been found guilty of illegally possessing an assault rifle and a loaded handgun in DuPage County.

CAMERON BATTISTE, 36, possessed the guns in April 2017 at an apartment complex in Willowbrook.  At the time of his arrest on April 7, 2017, the handgun was loaded with six live rounds.  Battiste had previously been convicted of a felony and was not legally allowed to possess a firearm.

Indianapolis – United States Attorney Josh J. Minkler today announced federal criminal charges against 24 individuals for a methamphetamine, heroin and cocaine distribution conspiracy and a federal firearms related charge.

LAS VEGAS, Nev. – Two men made their initial appearances in federal court yesterday on charges related to the possession of 65 firearms, including machine guns, and silencers, stolen at a Las Vegas gun show last month, announced U.S. Attorney Nicholas A. Trutanich of the District of Nevada and Special Agent in Charge Ray Roundtree of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF).

SAVANNAH, GA: A Bryan County man who was part of the gang and drug trafficking conspiracy prosecuted under Operation Vanilla Gorilla has been sentenced to nearly 16 years in federal prison.
 
Jessie Ray Hurt, 40, of Ellabell, Ga., was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge William T. Moore, Jr., to 188 months in prison to be followed by four years of supervised release, said Bobby L. Christine, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Georgia. There is no parole in the federal prison system.
 

A federal jury on Tuesday evening, convicted a Tuscaloosa County man of possessing methamphetamine, announced U.S. Attorney Jay E. Town and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms and Explosives Special Agent in Charge Marcus Watson. 

A federal jury on Tuesday evening, convicted a Tuscaloosa County man of possessing methamphetamine, announced U.S. Attorney Jay E. Town and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms and Explosives Special Agent in Charge Marcus Watson. 
 

BOSTON – A Methuen man was charged in federal court in Boston with illegal possession of a firearm and ammunition. 

 

RALEIGH – The United States Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina, Robert J. Higdon, Jr., announced that in federal court, before United States Magistrate Judge Robert B. Jones, Jr., GARY LYNN GATLIN, of Orrum, North Carolina, was charged in a federal Criminal Complaint for possession of a firearm by a felon.

 

Tampa, Florida – U.S. District Judge William F. Jung has sentenced Steven Weaver, II (38, Tampa) to 15 years in federal prison for possessing a firearm as a convicted felon. Weaver had pleaded guilty on November 1, 2018.
 

John H. Durham, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that RISHI MALIK, 46, a citizen of India residing in Fairfield, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Janet C. Hall in New Haven to three years of imprisonment, followed by three years of supervised release, for defrauding the State of Connecticut of more than $5.8 million in taxes due on tobacco products imported into the state.

John H. Durham, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that SEAN DEY, 40, of Torrington, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Alvin W. Thompson in Hartford to 24 months of imprisonment, followed by 12 months of home confinement and three years of supervised release, for illegally manufacturing and selling machine guns.

Greenbelt, Maryland – Carjandario Danielle Yarborough, age 35, of Washington, D.C, pleaded guilty today to conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute controlled substances and controlled substance analogues, and to murder in furtherance of the conspiracy. She and federal prosecutors also agreed to recommend to the judge that he impose a sentence of 20 years in prison.

Baltimore, Maryland – William E. Tyler, age 55, of Fairfield, Pennsylvania, pleaded guilty today to the illegal transfer and possession of a machine gun.  Tyler is the former Chief of Police in Taneytown, Maryland.  

 

COLUMBUS, Ohio – A total of five of 19 Columbus men charged federally as being associated with a local Crips gang has pleaded guilty. The men were indicted in September 2018 and charged in a racketeering conspiracy that includes five murders, multiple attempted murders and other violent and drug-trafficking crimes.

Nine people – including men with previous convictions for attempted murder, domestic violence and felonious assault with a firearm -- were indicted in federal court for firearms crimes.

Indicted are: Darien L. Griffin, 22, of Cleveland; Deangelo Harris, 26, of Cleveland; Larrell Hazzard, of Cleveland; Deayre Horton, 32, of Cleveland; Anthony King, 25, of Canton; Treavon McCullough, 36, of Toledo; Anthony J. Schaffer, 32, of Canfield, and John Joseph Smoter, 39, of Ravenna.

PITTSBURGH - A resident of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, pleaded guilty in federal court to charges involving guns and drugs, United States Attorney Scott W. Brady announced today.

Chance Rice, 26, pleaded guilty yesterday to three counts before United States District Judge Cathy M. Bissoon.

St. Louis, MO – Dionne Lamont Gatling, a/k/a “Cuffy,” 53, of St. Charles, MO, pled guilty to various drug trafficking charges and the use of firearms resulting in death.  Gatling appeared today before U.S. District Judge Rodney W. Sippel who accepted his plea and set his sentencing date for May 17, 2019.

 

GREENVILLE – The United States Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina, Robert J. Higdon, Jr., announced that today, Senior United States District Judge Malcolm J. Howard sentenced DARIUS COTY WHITAKER, 24, to 204 months imprisonment followed by 5 years of supervised release.

 

CHICAGO — A convicted felon from Chicago was arraigned today on a federal firearm charge for illegally possessing three handguns on the city’s South Side.
 
DERRICK CLAIBORNE, 43, of Chicago, pleaded not guilty to one count of illegal possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.  U.S. Magistrate Judge Sidney I. Schenkier ordered Claiborne to remain detained in federal custody.
St. Louis, MO –Paris John Earnest Devine, 26, pleaded guilty to three counts – carjacking; brandishing a firearm during a crime of violence; and conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute over 500 grams of methamphetamine.  Devine appeared today before U.S. District Henry Autrey who accepted his plea and set his sentencing date for May 14, 2019.
 
GRAND RAPIDS, MICHIGAN – Willie Earl Hector, 33, of Muskegon Heights, Michigan, was sentenced to 120 months (10 years) in federal prison for drug and firearm offenses, U.S. Attorney Andrew B. Birge announced today. In addition to the prison term, U.S. District Judge Janet T. Neff imposed a 3-year term of supervised release that will commence once Hector is released from imprisonment.

COLUMBUS, Ohio – A federal grand jury here has charged nine Southern Ohio men with crimes related to the armed robberies of 11 Ohio pharmacies.

 

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The Department of Justice, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS Office) today announced the 12 winners of its fifth annual “Community Policing in Action” Photo Contest. The contest, piloted in 2014, has received widespread support from law enforcement for providing a platform for agencies to share positive interaction with community members.

DETROIT — The Detroit Police Department began receiving real-time intelligence on its local gun crime from ATF's National Correlation and Training Center. The center examines and correlates ballistic evidence submitted through ATF's National Integrated Ballistic Information Network, or NIBIN, to identify where, when and how criminals are using firearms in a community within 48 hours of entry.

Four men from Toledo were indicted for firearms crimes.

Emanuel Riley, 27, and Sevario Whitaker, 36, were charged with with theft from a federal firearms licensee, possession of silencers not registered to them, possession of stolen firearms, and possession of firearms after being convicted of a felony.

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Portland, Maine:  United States Attorney Halsey B. Frank announced that Daniel Thompson, a/k/a “Daniel Walker,” 21, formerly of South Paris, Maine, was sentenced today in U.S. District Court by Judge Nancy Torresen to five years in prison and three years of supervised release for maliciously damaging property used in interstate commerce by fire. He was also ordered to pay over $184,000 in restitution. Thompson pleaded guilty on August 10, 2018.

 

SAVANNAH, GA: A high priority target of the Savannah Police Department has pled guilty to a federal firearms possession charge and now awaits sentencing.

Frenchy Gamil Hilliard, 32, of Savannah, Ga., pled guilty to being a Felon in Possession of a Firearm, said Bobby L. Christine, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Georgia. The charge carries a potential sentence of up to 10 years in prison, and there is no parole in the federal prison system.

John H. Durham, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that, FELIX COLON, 21, of Waterbury, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Robert N. Chatigny in Hartford to 24 months of imprisonment, followed by three years of supervised release, for trafficking heroin.

Four people were indicted in federal court for firearms crimes.

Indicted are: Jevonn Goolsby, 29, of Akron; Seirgio Kindell, 30, of Canton; Charles E. Goode Jr., 37, of Lakewood, and Dwayne J. Wilson, 34, of Euclid.

Goolsby is charged with being a felon in possession of ammunition. Goolsby possessed a Hi-Point C9 pistol and seven rounds of ammunition on August 3, 2018, despite previous convictions for aggravated robbery and robbery, according to the indictment.

PITTSBURGH -A Pittsburgh-area gang member has been sentenced in federal court to two years of imprisonment on his conviction of violating federal firearms laws, United States Attorney Scott W. Brady announced today.

United States District Judge Cathy M. Bissoon imposed the sentence on Tre Goins, 24, of Pittsburgh, PA.

United States Attorney Matthew D. Krueger of the Eastern District of Wisconsin, announced that on February 5, 2019, a federal grand jury issued an indictment against Tou W. Vang, also known as "Meng Vang" (age: 38) of Neenah, Wisconsin.

SOUTH BEND – Brandon Edelman, age 32, of South Bend, Indiana was convicted of possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute, possession of a firearm in connection with a drug trafficking offense, and possession of a firearm after having previously been convicted of a felony, announced U.S. Attorney Kirsch.

 

U.S. District Court Judge Robert L, Miller, Jr, presided over this 2-day trial. 

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – A St. Louis, Mo., man who was found passed out at an Oak Grove, Mo., truck stop after a week-long bender has been sentenced in federal court for illegally possessing methamphetamine and a firearm.

 

James P. Pettus, 40, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Brian C. Wimes on Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2019, to 14 years and two months in federal prison without parole.

LOS ANGELES – A U.S. Customs and Border Protection supervisory officer has been arrested on federal charges alleging that he engaged in the business of unlawfully selling firearms without a license and sold an illegal short-barreled rifle to an undercover investigator.
 
Wei Xu, 56, of Santa Fe Springs, an officer at the Los Angeles and Long Beach Seaport, was taken into custody Tuesday afternoon and is making his initial appearance this afternoon in federal court in downtown Los Angeles.
 
United States Attorney Richard W. Moore of the Southern District of Alabama announced that Chadwick J. Blake, a 31 year old resident of Selma, Alabama was sentenced to 30 months incarceration followed by three years of supervised release for possession of a Taurus 9mm pistol after being convicted of Assault Second Degree.
 

SCRANTON—The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that Stephani Taylor, age 26, of Plymouth, Pennsylvania, pleaded guilty on February 1, 2019, to using a firearm in connection with a drug trafficking crime before U.S. District Court Judge Malachy E. Mannion.

According to United States Attorney David J. Freed, Taylor admitted to stealing firearms and exchanging them for bundles of heroin between December 2016 and September 2017, in Luzerne County.

TOPEKA, KAN. – A Hutchinson man with a felony conviction record was sentenced today to seven years in federal prison for a firearm violation, U.S. Attorney Stephan McAllister said.
 
Lucas Adam Wade Hall, 32, Hutchinson, pleaded guilty to one count of unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon. In his plea, he admitted that he was arrested with a Taurus 9 mm pistol, a Beretta 9 mm pistol and a Smith & Wesson .44 caliber revolver.
 

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

 

Justin Craig Ewing, 30, pleaded guilty before U.S. Magistrate Judge Willie J. Epps, Jr., to being a felon in possession of a firearm. Ewing admitted that he was in possession of a loaded Browning .40-caliber handgun.

RICHMOND, Va. – A Richmond man was sentenced today to seven years in prison for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. 

According to court documents, Timothy Cureton, 27, possessed a firearm in a Facebook live video posted to his Facebook account on January 25, 2018. Officers with the Richmond Police Department saw this video. In the video, Cureton held a brown Glock handgun with an extended magazine. 

TOPEKA, KAN. – A driver who led Topeka police on a chase at more than 70 mph was sentenced today to 42 months in federal prison on a firearm charge, U.S. Attorney Stephen McAllister said.

WHEELING, WEST VIRGINIA – Lavel L. Hicks, of Weirton, West Virginia, was indicted by a federal grand jury today on drug and firearms charges, United States Attorney Bill Powell announced.
 
KANSAS CITY, KAN. – A local woman pleaded guilty today to being part of a drug ring that distributed methamphetamine from Mexico in the Kansas City metro area, U.S. Attorney Stephen McAllister said.
 

Indianapolis – Josh J. Minkler, the United States Attorney, announced today that operations at the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Southern District of Indiana (USAO-SDIN) continued during the appropriations lapse and recognized the important contributions made by USAO staff and investigative agents. The significant case-related accomplishments below, among others, underline the government’s dedication to mission as described by the United States Attorney in the USAO Strategic Plan.

RALEIGH – United States Attorney Robert J. Higdon, Jr. announced that today in federal court, United States District Judge Louise W. Flanagan sentenced TONY MCNEIL, 28, of New Hanover County to 135 months imprisonment, followed by 5 years of supervised release.

 

United States Attorney Richard W. Moore of the Southern District of Alabama announced that Anthony Jerome Ellis, a 33 year old resident of Selma, Alabama was found guilty of possession of a firearm after conviction of a felony. The trial was held on January 22 and 23, 2019.  
 
United States Attorney Richard W. Moore of the Southern District of Alabama announced that Jermaine Butler, a 27 year old resident of Selma, Alabama was sentenced to 37 months incarceration followed by three years of supervised release for possession of a Zastava rifle after being convicted of Assault First Degree.
 

LAREDO, Texas – A 34-year-old Laredoan, has been ordered to federal prison for a carjacking and for possessing a firearm during a crime of violence which occurred in Special Agent in Charge Fred Milanowski of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF). Rodrigo Garza-delaCruz pleaded guilty June 19, 2018.  

 

TOPEKA, KAN. – A Topeka man was sentenced Monday to 40 months in federal prison for selling stolen guns to an undercover agent, U.S. Attorney Stephen McAllister said.

Timothy Michael Hisey, 32, Topeka, Kan., pleaded guilty to one count of unlawful possession of firearms following a felony conviction. In his plea, he admitted he sold firearms to an agent working undercover for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. The firearms included five shotguns and three rifles.

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Tampa, Florida – U.S. District Judge Charlene Edwards Honeywell has sentenced Peter Jackson (31, St. Petersburg) to 12 years and 6 months in federal prison for possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime. Jackson had pleaded guilty on October 29, 2018.
 

BOSTON – A Chelsea man pleaded guilty yesterday in federal court in Boston to RICO conspiracy involving attempted murder and drug trafficking.

Brandon Baez, aka “Big Baby,” pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to conduct enterprise affairs through a pattern of racketeering activity and one count of conspiracy to distribute cocaine base and cocaine. U.S. District Court Judge Richard G. Stearns scheduled sentencing for May 3, 2019.

WASHINGTON - Darron Wint, 37, also known as Daron Wint, formerly of Lanham, Md., was sentenced today to four consecutive sentences of life in prison, with no possibility of release, for the May 2015 slayings of Savvas Savopoulos; his wife, Amy Savopoulos; their son, Philip Savopoulos; and a household employee, Veralicia Figueroa.

 

BOSTON – A man identified as a member of the Heath Street Gang was sentenced yesterday in federal court in Boston for drug trafficking and illegal possession of a firearm.

 

CONCORD- Aaron Sperow, 27, of Nashua, was sentenced on Thursday to 102 months in prison for assaulting and robbing an individual who was seeking to purchase firearms, United States Attorney Scott W. Murray announced today.

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Three more Texas men have recently pleaded guilty in federal court to stealing 654 firearms from United Parcel Service trailers in Springfield, Mo., en route to Bass Pro Shops.

 

CHICAGO — The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Chicago today announced federal criminal charges against five individuals in connection with violent carjackings in the city or suburbs.

HARRISBURG - The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that on January 23, 2019, United States District Court Judge Yvette Kane sentenced Quran Smallwood, age 24, of York, Pennsylvania to 72 months’ imprisonment for drug trafficking and firearms offenses.

PHILADELPHIA -The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) Philadelphia Field Division and the Chester County Fire Marshal's Office announced today a conclusion to the origin and cause investigation into the fatal fire that occurred on November 16, 2017 at the Barclay Friends Senior Center, located at 700 North Franklin Street in West Chester, Pennsylvania.
 

PHILADELPHIA -The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) Philadelphia Field Division and the Chester County Fire Marshal's Office announced today a conclusion to the origin and cause investigation into the fatal fire that occurred on November 16, 2017 at the Barclay Friends Senior Center, located at 700 North Franklin Street in West Chester, Pennsylvania.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – January 30, 2019 – Harold Powell, aka “Goddi,” 31, of Gallatin, Tennessee, pleaded guilty yesterday in U.S. District Court to federal firearms and robbery charges relating to a violent crime spree in 2017, announced U.S. Attorney Don Cochran for the Middle District of Tennessee.  The plea agreement calls for a 22-year prison sentence, if approved by the court.

Abingdon, VIRGINIA – The final defendant charged in Operation Leaving Las Vegas, a 32-defendant conspiracy that trafficked methamphetamine and other drugs between Las Vegas and Southwest Virginia, was convicted earlier this week in U.S. District Court in Abingdon following a two-day jury trial. United States Attorney Thomas T. Cullen made the announcement.

CONCORD – United States Attorney Scott W. Murray announced that Hector Velez, 23, of Manchester, was sentenced to 60 months in prison for being a felon in possession of firearms.

CONCORD – Damon Austin, 36, of Somersworth, pleaded guilty in federal court to being a felon in possession of firearms, United States Attorney Scott W. Murray announced today.

Tampa, Florida – U.S. District Judge James S. Moody, Jr. has sentenced Lavonta Hill (28, St. Petersburg) to five years and four months in federal prison for possessing a firearm as a convicted felon. Hill had pleaded guilty on October 30, 2018.

 

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – January 30, 2019 – Harold Powell, aka “Goddi,” 31, of Gallatin, Tennessee, pleaded guilty yesterday in U.S. District Court to federal firearms and robbery charges relating to a violent crime spree in 2017, announced U.S. Attorney Don Cochran for the Middle District of Tennessee.  The plea agreement calls for a 22-year prison sentence, if approved by the court.

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.

 

Bangor, Maine:  United States Attorney Halsey B. Frank announced that Damian A. Ouellette, 26, of Levant, Maine pleaded guilty today to being a felon in possession of a firearm.

 

SCRANTON - The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that Jeffrey Abney, age 28, of Sugar Notch, Pennsylvania, pleaded guilty on January 10, 2019, before U.S. District Court Judge Malachy E. Mannion to distribution and possession with intent to distribute heroin and fentanyl.

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – A Jefferson City, Mo., man who supervised workers at the federal courthouse in Jefferson City pleaded guilty in federal court today to illegally selling firearms to convicted felons.
Victor Nahum Vargas, 40, pleaded guilty before U.S. Magistrate Judge David P. Rush to all three charges contained in an Oct. 24, 2018, federal indictment.
 

NASHVILLE, Tenn., - January 29, 2019 -   Rex Andrew Whitlock, aka Stackhouse, 33, of Clarksville, Tennessee and a member of the Gangster Disciples, was sentenced yesterday to 30 years in prison by Chief U.S. District Judge Waverly Crenshaw, Jr., announced U.S. Attorney Don Cochran for the Middle District of Tennessee and Assistant Attorney General Brian A. Benczkowski of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division.

ROCHESTER, N.Y. - U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced today that Nicholas Coia, 31, of Greece, NY, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Charles J. Siragusa to being felon in possession of a firearm. The charge carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison, and a $250,000 fine.

 

 

A man who was serving a fifteen year federal prison sentence when he tried to hire a "hitman" to murder two people in Northeast Iowa was convicted by a jury today after a six-day trial in federal court in Cedar Rapids.

Jason Harriman, age 44, formerly of Traer and Independence, Iowa, was convicted of two counts of murder-for-hire. The verdict was returned this afternoon following about four hours of jury deliberations.

HAMMOND- Jerome Sims, 54, of Crown Point, Indiana, pled guilty to aiding and abetting murder resulting from the use and carrying of a firearm during and in relation to a drug trafficking crime, announced U.S. Attorney Kirsch. 

 

LOS ANGELES – San Bernardino man sentenced to more than five years in prison after selling drugs to law enforcement. Maher Diab, 41, was sentenced to 68 months in prions and five years of supervised release on Jan. 14 after being found guilty by a jury earlier this month for distribution of more than five grams of methamphetamine in a controlled purchase organized by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) in July 2017.

BOSTON – A former Boston Police Officer was sentenced today in federal court in Boston with illegally purchasing two firearms on behalf of acquaintances. 

 

SCRANTON - The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced today that Aaron Bangaroo, age 37, of Kingston, Luzerne County, pleaded guilty on January 24, 2018, before U.S. District Court Judge Robert D. Mariani to possession with intent to distribute heroin and possession of firearms in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.

A Mexican citizen living in Massillon was indicted for attempting to illegally ship eight firearms and ammunition from Canton to Laredo, Texas.
 
Brian Isael Velazquez-Mata, 24, was indicted on one count of delivery of firearms and ammunition to common carrier without written notice for transportation or shipment in interstate commerce to unlicensed person.
 

SCRANTON - The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that Douglas DeHaven, age 35, of East Stroudsburg, Monroe County, pleaded guilty on January 11, 2019, before Senior United States District Court Judge James M. Munley to making false statements in connection with the purchases of multiple firearms.

Seven people were indicted in federal court for firearms violations.
 
They are: Justin A. McGeever, aka Jonor A. McGree, 30, of Cleveland Heights; Gabriel T. Williams, 35, of Cleveland; Marcus L. Lockett, 29, of Akron; Melvin Wright, 37, of Akron; Deshaun A. Jones, 39, of Columbus; Fuquawn Baldwin, 26, of Akron, and Rowland L. Babb, 27, of Canton.
 
According to the indictments:
 
McGeever possessed ammunition and a .38-caliber pistol in 2016 while subject to a protection order.
 

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Two Toledo men were charged in federal court after allegedly stealing dozens of guns from a firearms store in Oregon, Ohio.

Emmanuel Riley, 27, and Sevario Whitaker, 36, were each charged with theft from a federal firearms licensee and possession of a stolen firearm.

“These defendants are accused of breaking into a store in the middle of the night and stealing dozens of firearms,” U.S. Attorney Justin E. Herdman said.

 

SANTA ANA, California – After finding the Mongols outlaw motorcycle gang guilty of racketeering offenses last month, a federal jury today determined that the criminal organization should forfeit the logos worn by members, finding that there was a direct connection between the gang’s crimes and the trademarked logos that prosecutors said formed the core of the motorcycle gang’s identity.

 

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Cherosco Brewer, age 35, of Louisville, Kentucky, was found guilty on Thursday in United States District Court following a four day jury trial, announced United States Attorney Russell M. Coleman.

A Canton man with a history of firearms and gang violence was sentenced to nearly six years in prison for having a firearm.
 
Jeremy Pleasant, 35, was sentenced to 70 months in prison by U.S. District Judge Dan Polster. Pleasant previously pleaded guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition.
According to court documents and statements made in court:
 
Greenbelt, Maryland – A federal grand jury has indicted Robert Jacob Eberle, age 30, of Lexington Park, Maryland, on federal charges including theft of firearms, possession of stolen firearms, and being a felon in possession of firearms. The indictment was returned on December 10, 2018. Eberle is detained and is scheduled to have his initial appearance in U.S. District Court in Greenbelt on December 28, 2018.
 

John H. Durham, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, today announced that on December 18, 2018, a federal grand jury in Hartford returned a five-count superseding indictment charging CARLOS DELGADO, also known as “Los,” 49, of Mansfield, and LUIS ALAMO, 42, of Willimantic, with narcotics trafficking and firearm offenses.

LOS ANGELES – Two members of the Canta Ranas Organization, a Santa Fe Springs-based criminal enterprise linked to the Mexican Mafia, have been found guilty by a jury of multiple federal offenses, including racketeering, narcotics and firearms charges. 

Three people were indicted in federal court for firearms crimes.

Riccardo D. Harris, 35, of Canton, was charged being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition. Harris had a Smith & Wesson .40-caliber pistol and ammunition on Oct. 19, despite a previous conviction for aggravated robbery, according to the indictment.

John H. Durham, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, Kelly D. Brady, Special Agent in Charge, ATF Boston Field Division, and Hartford Police Chief David Rosado today announced that a federal grand jury in Hartford returned an indictment yesterday charging JOHN ANDERSON, 37, of New Britain, with one count of possession of a firearm and ammunition by a convicted felon.

John H. Durham, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, today announced that a federal grand jury in Hartford has returned an indictment charging EDWARD LUGO, 37, of New Haven, with one count of possession of a firearm and ammunition by a convicted felon.

Baltimore, Maryland – DeAndre Spencer, age 27, of Baltimore, Maryland, pleaded guilty today to an armed carjacking. 

 

The Office of the United States Attorney for the District of Vermont stated that Anthony Mickens (a.k.a. “K”), 26, of Hartford, Connecticut, was sentenced yesterday to 60 months imprisonment by United States District Court Judge Christina Reiss, in U.S. District Court in Burlington, Vermont. Judge Reiss also sentenced Mickens to a three-year period of supervised release by the U.S. Probation Office, which begins when Mickens is released from prison.

Memphis, TN – A local man has been sentenced to 188 months in federal prison for being a convicted felon illegally possessing firearms in the furtherance of drug trafficking crimes. U.S. Attorney D. Michael Dunavant announced the sentence today.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Five Kansas City, Mo., area residents were charged in federal court today for their roles in a drug-trafficking conspiracy after law enforcement officers seized approximately 25 pounds of methamphetamine during an undercover operation.

 

GRAND RAPIDS, MICHIGAN — On December 18, 2018, a federal grand jury in the

BROWNSVILLE, Texas – A 25-year-old resident of Brownsville has been ordered to prison for 300 months for his role in recruiting a female to carry almost four kilograms of “ice” to Louisiana, announced U.S. Attorney Ryan K. Patrick. Emmanuel Ravell pleaded guilty Oct. 31, 2017.

 

SOUTH BEND - Jerome Sells, age 40, of Mishawaka, Indiana, was sentenced before South Bend District Court Judge Robert L. Miller, Jr. for possession of over 500 grams of methamphetamine with intent to distribute and being a felon in possession of a firearm, announced U.S. Attorney Kirsch. 

 

Sells was sentenced to 180 months imprisonment followed by 5 years of supervised release. 

 

United States Attorney Erica H. MacDonald today announced a federal indictment charging ANTHONY DALE RANDKLEV, 39, with illegally possessing a firearm.1 RANDKLEV has been previously convicted of multiple violent offenses, including assault, drug, and kidnapping convictions, which prohibit him, under federal law, from owning or possessing a firearm.

1 The charges contained in the indictment are merely allegations, and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

PROVIDENCE - A Providence man has been ordered detained in federal custody following his arrest on a grand jury indictment charging him with the illegal sale of a firearm to an out-of-state resident and possessing a firearm with an obliterated serial number.

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