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RICHMOND, Va. – A Richmond man was sentenced today to 19 years in prison for possessing a firearm after being convicted of a felony and possessing cocaine with the intent to distribute.

NEWARK, N.J. – A Morris County, New Jersey, man admitted today possessing bombs, precursor materials, and being a felon in possession of guns, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced.

Christopher Faschan, 31, of Landing, New Jersey, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Brian R. Martinotti in Newark federal court to an information charging him with one count of unlawful possession of destructive devices and one count of being a felon in possession of firearms and ammunition.

According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court:

A Garfield Heights woman was indicted for making a straw purchase of a firearm earlier this year.

Sarah Werman, 32, was indicted on one count of making a false statement in the acquisition of a firearm.

Werman stated on March 14, 2019 at Fin Feather Fur Outfitters in Middleburg Heights that she was the actual buyer of a Ruger 9 mm pistol, when, in fact, she was not the actual buyer of the firearm, according to the indictment.

SAN BERNARDINO, CALIFORNIA – A Victorville man was found guilty in San Bernardino County Superior Court Friday of three counts of attempted murder and various explosives-related charges.

Steven J. Sunny, 33, was found guilty after the jury deliberated for two hours following the trial. Sunny was found guilty of eight felony charges: three counts of attempted murder, three counts of intent to commit murder with a destructive device, reckless or malicious possession of destructive device, and possession of materials to make a bomb.

United States Attorney Richard W. Moore of the Southern District of Alabama announced that Jarvis Moss, a 38 year old resident of Selma, Alabama was sentenced to 30 months of incarceration for possession of a Smith & Wesson, .38 caliber pistol.

BRUNSWICK, GA – The lead defendant in a major south Georgia drug trafficking conspiracy has been sentenced to nearly 11 years in federal prison, representing the final defendant to be sentenced from the now-dismantled drug trafficking ring.

John Eugene Overcash, a/k/a “Cowboy,” 53, of Brunswick, Ga., was sentenced to 128 months in federal prison by U.S. District Court Judge Lisa Godbey Wood, said Bobby L. Christine, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Georgia.

NEWARK N.J. – Two Essex County, New Jersey, men were sentenced today to federal prison terms following their convictions on multiple drug and weapons offenses, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced.

An Akron man was indicted for allegedly firing his gun during the armed robbery of an Akron grocery store.

Dayvaire Rogers, 26, was arrested Thursday. He was indicted in U.S. District Court on one count of discharging a firearm during a crime of violence, one count of Hobbs Act robbery and one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition.

Rogers entered the Welcome Grocery at 210 East Cuyahoga Falls Avenue on April 20, 2019 and robbed the store with a firearm. He also discharged the firearm during the robbery, according to the indictment.

BIRMINGHAM – Birmingham man pled guilty during trial, announced U.S. Attorney Jay E. Town, and Special Agent and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Special Agent in Charge Marcus Watson.

DAYTON – A Dayton man was sentenced in U.S. District Court to 84 additional months in prison for crimes related to an Indiana robbery.

Jeremy Watson, 40, was on federal supervised release in April 2018 for a 2004 conviction in the Southern District of Ohio when he robbed a Dollar General Store in Lawrenceburg, Ind. Watson is currently serving an 11-year prison sentence for the robbery in Indiana and will serve the additional seven years consecutively.

United States Attorney Ron Parsons announced that a Mission, South Dakota, man has been indicted by a federal grand jury for Felon in Possession of a Firearm.

Luke Joseph Burning Breast, age 35, was indicted on August 13, 2019. He appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark A. Moreno on August 15, 2019, and pled not guilty to the Indictment.

The maximum penalty upon conviction is up to 10 years in federal prison and/or a $250,000 fine, 3 years of supervised release, and $100 to the Federal Crime Victims Fund. Restitution may also be ordered.

INDIANAPOLIS - United States Attorney Josh J. Minkler announced today the conviction of Richard Bernard Grundy, III, a 30-year-old resident of Indianapolis, and four members of his drug trafficking organization on drug trafficking charges. The convictions resulted from a three-week trial that occurred in Evansville, Indiana. Grundy and his associates were convicted of all charges filed in the case.

SCRANTON – The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that on August 14, 2019, Jeffrey Stevens, age 36, of Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, was sentenced to 188 months’ imprisonment and five years of supervised release, by United States District Court Judge Robert D. Mariani, for drug trafficking and firearms offenses.

LAS VEGAS, Nev. – A convicted drug dealer with a lengthy criminal history was sentenced to life in federal prison today in connection with the killing of a drug supplier at point-blank range during a drug deal gone bad in November 2013, announced United States Attorney Nicholas A. Trutanich for the District of Nevada.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – An Independence, Missouri, man pleaded guilty in federal court today to his role in an arson conspiracy to damage a local business.  

Randell Eugene Yeager, Jr., 46, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Roseann Ketchmark to participating in a conspiracy to damage property by means of arson.  

Greenbelt, Maryland – Tataw Ayuk-Arrey Obenson, age 21, of Burtonsville, Maryland, pleaded guilty on August 14, 2019, to interference with interstate commerce by robbery; and brandishing a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence.

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

CHICAGO — Three Chicago men have been charged in a murder-for-hire conspiracy that resulted in two fatal shootings in the city’s Lawndale neighborhood.

Dominique Lavelle Oatis, of Centralia, Illinois, pleaded guilty today to an indictment charging him with distribution of methamphetamine (3 counts), carrying a firearm during and in relation to a drug trafficking crime, and unlawful possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. The offenses all occurred in Centralia in March 2018. Oatis, 28, remains in custody without bond after he was arrested on the charges in Kansas earlier this year.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – A Hamlin, West Virginia man pled guilty to being in possession of a sawed off shotgun that was not registered with the National Firearms Registration and Transfer Record, announced United States Attorney Mike Stuart. Jeffery Turley admitted that on March 17, 2018, he was in possession of a sawed off shotgun that was not registered.

Turley faces up to 10 years in prison when sentenced on November 30, 2019.

United States Attorney Ron Parsons announced that a Miller, South Dakota, man convicted of Felon in Possession of a Firearm was sentenced on August 12, 2019, by U.S. District Judge Roberto A. Lange.

Johnathan Taylor, age 27, was sentenced to time served, 2 years of supervised release, forfeiture of his interest in 6 firearms, any and all ammunition recovered with the weapons, and a special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund in the amount of $100.

Taylor was indicted by a federal grand jury on February 13, 2019. He pled guilty on May 28, 2019.

NEW ORLEANS –  U.S. Attorney Peter G. Strasser announced that KWAME FLEMING, age 28, of New Orleans, was sentenced today for one count of accessory to murder through use of a firearm, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 924(j), two counts of carjacking, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 2119, two counts of brandishing a firearm during a crime of violence, in violation of 18 U.S.C.

RENO, Nev. – A former gang member with eight prior felony convictions and a prior conviction for domestic battery was sentenced yesterday to six years and six months for unlawful possession of a firearm, announced United States Attorney Nicholas A. Trutanich.

Miguel Rodriguez-Franco, 32, pleaded guilty in May 2019, to one count of felon in possession of a firearm. United States District Judge Larry R. Hicks imposed an upward variance from the sentencing guideline and sentenced Rodriguez-Franco to 78 months in federal prison to be followed by three years of supervised release.

DAYTON – Henry B. Essick, III, 34, of Dayton, was sentenced in U.S. District Court to 72 months in prison for possessing a firearm as a convicted felon.

Benjamin C. Glassman, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio, and Jonathan McPherson, Special Agent in Charge, U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), announced the sentence handed down today by Senior U.S. District Judge Thomas M. Rose.

DAYTON – Dontae T. Tucker, 34, of Dayton, was sentenced in U.S. District Court to 48 months in prison for possessing a firearm after being convicted of a felony.

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 Dayton Police Chief Richard S. Biehl announced the sentence imposed yesterday by U.S. District Judge Walter H. Rice.

United States Attorney Ron Parsons announced that a Sioux Falls, South Dakota, man convicted of Conspiracy to Distribute a Controlled Substance was sentenced on August 8, 2019, by U.S. District Judge Karen E. Schreier.

Michael Anthony Williams, age 35, was sentenced to 188 months in federal prison, followed by 5 years of supervised release, and a special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund in the amount of $100.

Williams was indicted by a federal grand jury on November 6, 2018. He pled guilty on May 8, 2019.

VERDEN, Oklahoma – The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) working side-by-side with Fullerton Police Department (FPD) arrested a documented gang member who is suspected of illegally sending firearms from Oklahoma to alleged gang members in Orange County, California.

Manuel Delatorre Jr., aka as “Flacco,” 23, of Verden, Oklahoma, was arrested at his residence early this morning. During the arrest a federal search warrant was executed at the suspect’s residence and law enforcement seized firearms, ammunition, a bullet-proof vest, along with other evidence.

WASHINGTON— The Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Statistics today released Tribal Crime Data-Collection Activities, 2019. This report is the seventh in a series that began in 2011. It meets the requirement, established by the Tribal Law and Order Act of 2010 (P.L. 111-211, 124 Stat. 2258, § 251(b)), that BJS report, no later than July 31 of each year, on tribal data-collection activities and statistical findings. This report describes the data-collection activities during 2018 and 2019, and it summarizes the most recent statistical findings from the Survey of Jails in Indian Country and the Federal Justice Statistics Program. It also discusses BJS funding to enhance tribal participation in national records and information systems.

As most of you know, the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled that the COPS Office does have statutory authority to award immigration related bonus points to applicants. This decision reverses a district court injunction that prevented the COPS Office from implementing its programs as designed. Once the Ninth Circuit’s decision to reverse the injunction has taken effect, our office is prepared to launch the COPS Hiring Program (CHP) and the Community Policing Development Microgrants Program as soon as possible.

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.

Baltimore, Maryland – U.S. District Judge Richard D. Bennett today sentenced Justin Hopkins, age 28, of Baltimore, Maryland, to seven years in federal prison, followed by three 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.

Tampa, Florida – United States Attorney Maria Chapa Lopez announces that a federal jury today found Christopher Brian Cosimano, a/k/a “Durty,” (31, Gibsonton) and Michael Dominick Mencher, a/k/a “Pumpkin,” (52, Tarpon Springs) guilty of conspiracy to commit murder in aid of racketeering, murder in aid of racketeering, and related firearms offenses.

NORFOLK, Va. – A Norfolk man pleaded guilty today to cocaine and gun charges.

According to court documents, Curtis Talley, 38, who has 13 prior felony convictions, many of which are for prior probation violations, was found with distribution amounts of cocaine, marijuana, and a loaded gun when Norfolk police officers arrested him on outstanding warrants. 

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – During a two-week period starting July 22, 2019, and ending August 2, 2019, the United States Marshals Service; Louisville Metro Police Department; Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; Drug Enforcement Administration, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation conducted Operation Iron Grip in an effort to reduce violent crime in Louisville.

United States Attorney Ron Parsons announced that Rapid City, South Dakota, man convicted of Possession of a Firearm by a Prohibited Person was sentenced by Chief Judge Jeffrey L. Viken, U.S. District Court.

Michael High Elk, age 30, was sentenced on August 9, 2019, to 5 years and 11 months in federal prison, followed by 3 years of supervised release, and was ordered to pay a $100 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.

A Toledo man was charged in federal court for making threats against a member of Congress and illegally having ammunition.

Timothy J. Ireland, Jr., 41, was charged in U.S. District Court in Toledo with one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm, one count of being a fugitive in possession of a firearm and one count of making interstate threats.

According to a criminal complaint filed in the case:

BIRMINGHAM – On Tuesday, a federal judge sentenced Jarrett Denard Boykins, of Birmingham, to serve 241 months in prison for convictions related to drug trafficking and gun possession, announced U.S. Attorney Jay E. Town and Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Special Agent in Charge Marcus Watson.         

Yesterday, a federal jury convicted Christopher McNabb (a.k.a. “Rudy”) from Leeds, Alabama, of three firearm and ammunition related offenses announced U.S. Attorney Jay E, Town and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Special Agent in Charge Marcus Watson.

The jury returned its guilty verdict against McNabb after two days of testimony before U.S. District Judge Karon O. Bowdre.  McNabb will be sentenced on December 10, 2019, and faces up to 10 years in federal prison.

FORT WAYNE – Shawn Bacon, 39, of Fort Wayne, Indiana was convicted after a four-day jury trial before U.S.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – August 8, 2019 – A federal grand jury sitting in Nashville yesterday, returned a four-count indictment charging Steven J. Wiggins, 32, of Dickson, Tennessee with federal carjacking and firearms violations which resulted in the death of Dickson County Sheriff’s Sergeant Daniel Baker.  U.S. Attorney Don Cochran immediately filed a notice with the Court that the government intends to seek the death penalty.

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – A federal grand jury returned an indictment today charging a Woodbridge man with straw purchasing two firearms in November 2016 and then giving those firearms to a Boston man.

According to the indictment, Carl Napper, 26, was allegedly paid $250 to straw purchase two firearms on behalf of a Boston man, who then transported the firearms back to Boston. One of these firearms was recovered in Boston a month later after having been used in a shooting incident.

Portland, Maine: United States Attorney Halsey B. Frank announced that Vincent Graham, a/k/a “Shawn” and “Mac,” 35, of Bronx, New York, was sentenced yesterday in U.S. District Court by Judge John A. Woodcock to 320 months in prison and six years of supervised release for sex trafficking by force, fraud and coercion; distributing heroin and cocaine base, commonly known as “crack;” and transporting a victim in interstate commerce with the intent that she engage in prostitution. Graham pleaded guilty on January 4, 2019.

ATLANTA - Kyle C. Sims, Herman A. Fields, and Peter Armour have been indicted for selling illegal guns and drugs out of a store in Riverdale, Georgia.  Sims and Armour were charged with possessing a machinegun, which they sold for $1,250 in cash.  Sims and Fields were charged with conspiring to distribute marijuana, cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine and Xanax.  Sims was also charged with two counts of possessing a firearm after being convicted of a felony. 

The Office of the United States Attorney for the District of Vermont stated that Rashad Nashid, 38, of Burlington, Vermont, appeared in federal district court in Burlington yesterday and pleaded guilty to an Information charging Nashid with two counts of being a felon in possession of firearms. One of the firearm charges was related to the shooting that occurred outside of Nectar’s Bar on February 26, 2018, that left an innocent bystander seriously injured. The other firearm charge related to Nashid’s possession of an AR15 style rifle the day before the shooting.

RALEIGH – United States Attorney Robert J. Higdon, Jr. announced that today in federal court, United States District Judge James C. Dever III sentenced TONYA RENEE HARTMAN, 39, of Erwin, North Carolina, to 150 months’ imprisonment, followed by 3 years of supervised released.

On November 7, 2018, HARTMAN was named in a two-count Indictment charging her with Possession with the Intent to Distribute a Quantity of Methamphetamine (Actual) and Possession of a Firearm in Furtherance of a Drug Trafficking Crime. On March 21, 2019, HARTMAN pled guilty to both counts.

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.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – A Kansas City, Missouri, man was sentenced in federal court today for possessing crack cocaine to distribute.

James E. Lee, 45, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Greg Kays to 12 years and seven months in federal prison without parole.

BOSTON – A Boston man was sentenced yesterday in federal court in Boston for being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition.

Elvin Perez, 42, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Nathaniel M. Gorton to 30 months in prison and three years of supervised release. In March 2019, Perez pleaded guilty to one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition.

RICHMOND, Va. – A federal grand jury returned an indictment today charging a Norfolk man with the armed robbery of a Sprint Store in Colonial Heights.

ELKINS, WEST VIRGINIA – Gina Carol McCauley, of Beverly, West Virginia, was sentenced today to 60 months incarceration for her role in a methamphetamine distribution operation, United States Attorney Bill Powell announced.

United States Attorney Ron Parsons announced that a Rapid City, South Dakota, man convicted of Theft of a Firearm was sentenced by Chief Judge Jeffrey L. Viken, U.S. District Court.

Matthew Keifer, age 31, was sentenced on August 5, 2019, to 5 years and 11 months in federal prison, followed by 3 years of supervised release, and was ordered to pay a $100 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund and $11,199.17 in restitution.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – De’Asion Malik Coleman, 21, and Marquise Tyrelle Sharpe-Tall, 21, both of Charlotte, were sentenced to prison today on carjacking and firearms offenses, announced the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of North Carolina. U.S. District Judge Robert J. Conrad, Jr. sentenced Coleman to 130 months in prison and three years of supervised release. Sharpe-Tall was sentenced to 141 months in prison, followed by three years of supervised release.

A Wisconsin man pleaded guilty today to an arms-trafficking crime related to his export of guns to Australia, announced United States Attorney Matthew D. Krueger of the Eastern District of Wisconsin.

Andy Lloyd Huebschmann, 59, was convicted of one count of violating the Arms Export Control Act, Title 22, United States Code, Sections 2778(b)(2) and 2778(c), and Title 22, Code of Federal Regulations, Sections 121.1, 123.1, and 127.1.

A 20-year old man from Hawaii was sentenced today to 15 years in federal prison after having pleaded guilty in March to robbing a gun shop and using the stolen firearms to commit armed robberies, announced United States Attorney Matthew Schneider.

Schneider was joined in the announcement by Special Agent in Charge James Deir, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF).

Sentenced was Jeffrey Able. 

NORFOLK, Va. – A Portsmouth man pleaded guilty today to possession with intent to distribute heroin and possessing a gun.

According to court documents, Jameel Malik Simmons, 37, was observed by various Chesapeake police officers selling heroin to a customer outside of his apartment. After the police arrested Simmons, they obtained a search warrant for his residence and found more heroin and a loaded firearm in a kitchen cabinet.

Greenbelt, Maryland – Josue Balbino Ruiz-Reyes, age 25, of Adelphi, Maryland, pleaded guilty today to conspiracy to distribute and to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamines and to using, carrying, brandishing and discharging a firearm in connection with a drug trafficking offense. 

The Office of the United States Attorney for the District of Vermont stated that, on August 2, 2019, Daniel Greenwood, age 43, was sentenced to 90 months in jail in United States District Court in Burlington, Vermont. Greenwood had previously pleaded guilty to possessing a firearm as a convicted felon in October 2017 and to committing a burglary of the Kinney Drugs in Cambridge, Vermont that same month. At the time of offenses, Greenwood had absconded from state supervision and was a fugitive during late 2017.

United States Attorney Ron Parsons announced that an Everett, Washington, man convicted of Conspiracy to Distribute a Controlled Substance was sentenced by Chief Judge Jeffrey L. Viken, U.S. District Court.

Nathan Merriel, age 30, was sentenced on August 2, 2019, to 8 years and 3 months in federal prison, followed by 5 years of supervised release, and ordered to pay a $100 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.

Fort Myers, Florida – Tony Wilson, Jr. (31, Lehigh Acres) has pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute controlled substances, including cocaine base, fentanyl, heroin, and multiple firearms charges. Wilson faces a maximum penalty of life in federal prison. A sentencing date has not yet been set.

LEXINGTON, Ky.— Dominique Jamar McCann, 24, of Lexington, was sentenced yesterday, to 80 months in federal prison, by United States District Judge Karen C. Caldwell, for possession with intent to distribute heroin and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.

United States Attorney Ron Parsons announced that a Rapid City, South Dakota, man convicted of Possession of a Firearm by a Prohibited Person was sentenced by Chief Judge Jeffrey L. Viken, U.S. District Court.

Michael S. Croyle, age 21, was sentenced on August 2, 2019, to 2 years in federal prison, followed by 3 years of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.

St. Louis, MO – James Flannel, 37, of St. Louis, MO, pleaded guilty this morning to one count of discharging a firearm in furtherance of carjacking that resulted in the death of Boris Iouioukine, a Laclede Cab Company driver.  Flannel appeared before U.S. District Judge E. Richard Webber who accepted his plea and set his sentencing date for October 31, 2019.

Tampa, Florida – United States Attorney Maria Chapa Lopez announces the arrest of Terrian J. Knight (29, St. Petersburg) on a criminal complaint charging him with being a felon in possession of a firearm. If convicted, Knight faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in federal prison.

United States Attorney Ron Parsons announced that a Sturgis, South Dakota, man has been sentenced by Chief Judge Jeffrey L. Viken, U.S. District Court, for the November 2017 armed robbery of the Phillips 66 Speedy Mart in Spearfish.

Matthew Wainman, age 26, pleaded guilty to Interference with Commerce by Robbery and Conspiracy to Violate 18 U.S.C. § 924(c) on March 29, 2019. He was sentenced on July 22, 2019, to 57 months in federal prison, followed by 3 years of supervised release, and ordered to pay a $200 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.

Memphis, TN – On July 23, 2019, a federal grand jury indicted 18 individuals for federal drug charges. U.S. Attorney D. Michael Dunavant announced the indictment today.

The indictment charges that the defendants conspired to commit bank fraud in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1349, and conspiracy to distribute controlled substances in violation of Title 21, United States Code, Section 846. The indictment also requests the forfeiture of a total of $1,243,000 in criminal proceeds from the defendants.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – A Warrensburg, Missouri, man was sentenced in federal court today for his role in a conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine.

Stacy A. Lyman, 40, of Warrensburg, was sentenced by U.S. Chief District Judge Greg Kays to 17 years and one month in federal prison without parole. Lyman was sentenced as an armed career criminal due to his prior felony convictions.

CINCINNATI – Rodney Anderson, 35, of Cincinnati, was sentenced in U.S. District Court to 72 months in prison for possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking offense.

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 Cincinnati Police Chief Eliot K. Isaac, announced the sentence handed down today by U.S. District Judge Timothy S. Black.

Anchorage, Alaska – U.S. Attorney Bryan Schroder announced that Christopher Kofi Noble, 41, of Anchorage, was sentenced yesterday by Chief U.S. District Judge Timothy M. Burgess to serve 10 years in federal prison for being a felon in possession of ammunition. Noble was linked to five separate shootings in Anchorage during a three-month period of time. 10 years in prison is the maximum sentence for this crime.

Baltimore, Maryland – U.S. Attorney Robert K. Hur, along with federal, state, and local partners, announced that as a result of strategies applied to focus on the most violent neighborhoods and target those responsible for that violence, 90 defendants have been charged with federal crimes in investigations brought down in the last month, in separate drug conspiracies operating in the Northwest, Western, Eastern, and Southwestern Districts of Baltimore.

MADISON, WIS. – Scott C. Blader, United States Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin, announced that Zahid Shakeel, 58, McFarland, Wisconsin, was sentenced today by Chief U.S. District Judge James D. Peterson to 18 months in federal prison for conspiring to commit money laundering related to the sale of synthetic cannabinoids at gas stations owned by Capitol Petroleum, LLC (Capitol Petroleum). Shakeel pleaded guilty to this charge on April 24, 2019.

RENO, Nev. – A felon who was found guilty of a federal firearm violation was sentenced yesterday to a total of eight years in federal prison to be followed by three years of supervised release, announced United States Attorney Nicholas A. Trutanich for the District of Nevada.

U.S. District Judge Roy K. Altman sentenced an Opa-Locka resident to serve nine years in prison for drug trafficking within 1,000 feet of a school.

Ariana Fajardo Orshan, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, Katherine Fernandez Rundle, State Attorney, Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office, Ari C. Shapira, Special Agent in Charge, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), Miami Field Office, and Juan J. Perez, Director, Miami-Dade Police Department (MDPD), made the announcement.

SOUTH BEND - Joshua Banks, age 32, of South Bend, Indiana was sentenced before South Bend District Court Judge Jon E. DeGuilio for felon in possession of a firearm, announced U.S. Attorney Kirsch.

Mr. Banks was sentenced to 46 months’ imprisonment followed by 1 year of supervised release.

WASHINGTON— The Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Statistics today released Arrest-Related Deaths Program: Pilot Study of Redesigned Survey Methodology, which presents the methodology and findings from a pilot study that used a combination of open-source news searches and a survey of law enforcement agencies and medical examiners’ and coroners’ offices to identify deaths that occurred in the process of arrest by law enforcement officials. It does not provide national estimates.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – A Raytown, Missouri, man was sentenced in federal court today for drug trafficking.

Dusty A. McSparran, 44, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Greg Kays to 19 years and six months in federal prison without parole.

On Nov. 6, 2017, McSparran pleaded guilty to possessing methamphetamine with the intent to distribute.

NEWARK, N.J. – Twelve members, associates, and suppliers of a drug trafficking organization based in Newark have been charged in connection with their roles in distributing heroin, fentanyl, and crack cocaine and using firearms to protect their illegal operation, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced today.

COLUMBUS, Ohio – One of 19 defendants charged in a gang-related racketeering conspiracy was sentenced in U.S. District Court today to 120 months in prison.

Dominique Bryant, also known as “Doggy,” 27, of Columbus, pleaded guilty in the racketeering conspiracy in January.

RALEIGH — The United States Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina, Robert J. Higdon, Jr., announced that today, Chief United States District Judge Terrence W. Boyle, sentenced MICHAEL DEVONTE HILL, 26, of Robeson County to 300 months’ imprisonment, followed by 5 years of supervised release. On April 30, 2019, HILL pled guilty to five counts: three counts of Hobbs Act robbery, one count of discharging a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence, and one count of felon in possession of a firearm.

Jacksonville, Florida – U.S. District Judge Brian J. Davis has sentenced Natario Bernard Peterson (22, Jacksonville) to five years in federal prison for distributing crack cocaine. Peterson had pleaded guilty on March 27, 2019.

Bangor, Maine:  United States Attorney Halsey B. Frank announced that Zachary Morneault, 35, of Levant, Maine, was sentenced today in U.S. District Court by Judge Nancy Torresen to 16 months in prison and three years of supervised release for making false statements to a federal firearms dealer. The defendant pled guilty on October 2, 2018.  

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – A Hampton man pleaded guilty today on charges of brandishing a firearm during a 2016 carjacking.

RICHMOND, Va. – A Richmond man was sentenced today to more than one year in prison for using his girlfriend to making false statements when acquiring eight firearms between 2012 and 2016.

Bangor, Maine:  United States Attorney Halsey B. Frank announced that Ethan Rumery, 24, of Pittsfield, Maine, was sentenced today in U.S. District Court by Judge Nancy Torresen to two years in prison and three years of supervised release for conspiring to violate the federal firearms laws.  The defendant pled guilty on February 25, 2019.

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – A Putnam County man was sentenced to prison for lying on an ATF form in an attempt to obtain firearms.  Stephen Cyrus, 35, sentenced to 5 months in prison by United States District Judge Robert C. Chambers.

United States Attorney Ron Parsons announced that Rapid City, South Dakota, man convicted of Possession of a Firearm by a Prohibited Person was sentenced by Chief Judge Jeffrey L. Viken, U.S. District Court.

William Hopkins, age 25, was sentenced on July 26, 2019, to 3 years in federal prison, followed by 3 years of supervised release, and was ordered to pay a $100 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.

United States Attorney Ron Parsons announced that a Rosebud, South Dakota, man has been indicted by a federal grand jury for Felon in Possession of a Firearm.

Alvin Running Horse, Jr., age 40, was indicted on June 11, 2019. He appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark A. Moreno on July 26, 2019, and pled not guilty to the Indictment.

The maximum penalty upon conviction is up to 10 years in federal prison and/or a $250,000 fine, 3 years of supervised release, and $100 to the Federal Crime Victims Fund. Restitution may also be ordered.

United States Attorney Ron Parsons announced that three men and one woman from Rapid City, South Dakota, have been indicted by a federal grand jury on federal gun charges.  All Defendants were indicted on July 23, 2019.

Julie Cagle, a/k/a Julie Davis, a/k/a Julie Dzuirman, age 48, appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Daneta Wollmann on July 26, 2019, and pled not guilty to the Indictment charging her with Possession of a Firearm by a Prohibited Person. 

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – A Maryland man pleaded guilty today to 10 counts of making false statements to acquire firearms.     

ATLANTA - Mark Antonio Sanders has been sentenced for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and possession of a firearm with an obliterated serial number. Sanders has previous felony convictions related to multiple Atlanta shootings, including a 2004 federal conviction for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

FORT WAYNE – Camari Stinson, 32 years old, of Fort Wayne, Indiana, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Holly Brady after pleading guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm, distributing cocaine and carrying a firearm during and in relation to a drug trafficking crime, announced United States Attorney Thomas L. Kirsch II.

Stinson was sentenced to123 months’ imprisonment, followed by 3 years 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 MARK ANTHONY CRUDUP, 27, of Henderson to 192 months’ imprisonment, followed by 5 years of supervised released.

CHICAGO — A former Chicago resident who laundered illegal drug proceeds on behalf of two cartels in Mexico has been sentenced to five years in federal prison.

Talique McKenzie, 20, of Winter Haven, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Donald M. Middlebrooks to five years in prison yesterday, after having previously pled guilty to stealing firearms from a federally licensed firearms dealer (Case No. 19-CR-14013).

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 and Paul Blackman, Sheriff, Highlands County Sheriff’s Office, made the announcement.

SOUTH BEND - Nathan Winfield, age 21, South Bend, Indiana, was sentenced before United States District Court Judge Robert L. Miller, Jr. upon his plea of guilty to possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.

Mr. Winfield was sentenced to 60 months imprisonment followed by 1 year of supervised release.

An Akron man with a history of domestic violence convictions was indicted for illegally having five firearms and ammunition.

Thomas Piispanen, 31, was indicted on one count of being a prohibited person in possession of firearms.

ALEXANDNRIA, La. – Freddie Lewis, 28, of Alexandria, was sentenced Tuesday by U.S. District Judge Dee D. Drell to serve 54 months in federal prison and one year of supervised release for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, announced U.S. Attorney David C. Joseph.  Lewis previously pleaded guilty to the federal charge on April 16, 2019.

SCRANTON – The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that on July 22, 2019, Liza Robles, age 35, of Freeland, Pennsylvania, was sentenced to 36 months’ imprisonment and three years of supervised release, by United States District Court Judge Malachy E. Mannion, for drug trafficking and firearms offenses.

HAMMOND- Joseph Taylor, 35, of Gary, Indiana, was sentenced before District Court Judge Joseph S. Van Bokkelen following his plea of guilty to possessing a firearm as a previously convicted felon and distribution of five grams or more of methamphetamine, announced U.S. Attorney Kirsch.

Taylor received a sentence of 60 months in prison followed by 4 years of supervised release.

FORT WAYNE – Jayson Lane, 41 years old, of Fort Wayne, Indiana, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Holly Brady after pleading guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm, announced United States Attorney Thomas L. Kirsch II.

Lane was sentenced to 110 months in prison, followed by 2 years of supervised release.

According to documents in the case, on September 11, 2017, Lane was in possession of a firearm after having previously being convicted of felony offenses, including Possession with Intent to Distribute Cocaine, Robbery and Burglary.

ALEXANDRIA, La. – United States Attorney David C. Joseph announced that Shelby Jude Darby, 27, of Lafayette, was sentenced Tuesday to 100 months in federal prison and three years of supervised release by U.S. District Judge Dee D. Drell for illegally possessing a 9 mm pistol and an AK-47 style rifle.  He pleaded guilty on March 27, 2019, to possession of firearms by a convicted felon.

FORT WAYNE – Billy J. Moore, age 32, of Ligonier, Indiana, was sentenced before United States District Court Judge Holly A. Brady upon his plea of guilty to possessing a firearm as a convicted felon, possessing an unregistered destructive device, and distributing methamphetamine, announced U.S. Attorney Kirsch.

Mr. Moore was sentenced to 70 months of imprisonment followed by 3 years of supervised release.

RICHMOND, Va. – A federal jury convicted a Henrico man yesterday on charges of making a false statement when acquiring a firearm and was also convicted of possession with the intent to distribute marijuana.

A North Canton man was indicted for lying about numerous previous domestic violence convictions while purchasing firearms and for illegally having firearms after being convicted of domestic violence.

Bruce Kraemer, 60, was charged with two counts of making false statements during the purchase of a firearm and two counts of being a prohibited person in possession of firearms.

SOUTH BEND - Dedric Strickland, age 41, of South Bend, Indiana, was sentenced before United States District Court Judge Robert L. Miller, Jr. upon his plea of guilty to possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, announced U.S. Attorney Kirsch.

Mr. Strickland was sentenced to 60 months imprisonment followed by 2 years of supervised release.

An Akron man was indicted in federal court of firearms and drug charges for having a loaded handgun, methamphetamine, carfentanil and crack cocaine.

Justin Horton, 25, was indicted on one count of possession of a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking, one count of felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition and three counts of possession with intent to distribute controlled substances.

Horton possessed methamphetamine, carfentanil and crack cocaine on March 7, according to the indictment.

GRAND RAPIDS, MICHIGAN — Immanuel Bradley, 33, of Kalamazoo, Michigan was sentenced to a total of 78 months’ imprisonment for possession of stolen mail and being a felon in possession of a firearm, U.S. Attorney Andrew Birge announced today. The Hon. Paul Maloney, U.S. District Court Judge, sentenced Bradley above the guideline range due to his long history of recidivism, and ran the sentences for his two offenses consecutively in the interest of public safety.

HOUSTON – A 23-year-old Houston man has been ordered to federal prison following his conviction of two counts of brandishing a firearm during a crime of violence, announced U.S. Attorney Ryan K. Patrick.

David Steve Elias pleaded guilty July 16, 2018. 

INDIANAPOLIS -- United States Attorney Josh J. Minkler, announced today an Indianapolis woman was sentenced for her illegal purchase of the handgun used to murder Boone County Sheriff’s Deputy Jacob Pickett in March 2018. Dawn Love Rochon, 30, was sentenced to 13 months in federal prison by U.S. District Judge James R. Sweeney at the federal courthouse in Indianapolis.

PARIS, Texas -  Eight Lamar County residents and a Red River County man have been indicted by a federal grand jury in Sherman for weapons and narcotics violations announced United States Attorney Joseph D. Brown today. 

The charges are a result of the efforts of the ATF Eastern District of Texas Violent Crime Task Force, a cooperation between the Paris Police Department, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF), and multiple other regional law enforcement agencies.   The following individuals were indicted on July 10, 2019 and arrested this week:

Spokane – William D. Hyslop, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Washington, announced that Jose Luis Muniz, age 38, of Pasco, Washington, was sentenced today after pleading guilty to conspiracy to distribute 500 grams or more of a mixture and substance containing a detectable amount of methamphetamine and five kilograms of cocaine. Senior United States District Judge Wm Fremming Nielsen sentenced Muniz to a 135-month term of imprisonment, to be followed by a 5-year term of court supervision after he is released from federal prison.

United States Attorney Richard W. Moore of the Southern District of Alabama announced that George Joseph Randall Collier, 40, of Theodore, Alabama, was sentenced in federal court on two charges, possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine and using, carrying, or possessing a firearm in furtherance of or in relation to a drug trafficking felony.  Collier pled guilty to the charges in 2018.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A Charleston man was sentenced today to a total of 44 months in prison for possession of a firearm by a prohibited person and violating his federal supervised release conditions, announced United States Attorney Mike Stuart. Antoine Brown was sentenced to 36 months in prison on the gun charge and received another 8 months in prison for violating the conditions of his federal supervised release.

LEXINGTON, Ky. — Gregory Thomopolous, 39, of Lexington, was sentenced today to 262 months in federal prison, by United States District Judge Joseph M. Hood, for possession with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine, possession with intent to distribute fentanyl, possession of a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking, and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

Baltimore, Maryland – U.S. District Judge Catherine C. Blake sentenced Timothy Floyd, a/k/a Tim Rod, age 28, of Baltimore, to 30 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.

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – An Ashburn businessman pleaded guilty today to employment tax fraud and illegally possessing a firearm.

GRAND RAPIDS, MICHIGAN —On the evening of December 7 or early morning hours of December 8, 2018, two individuals, Matteo Adan Marroquin and Lacy Lynn Zimmerman, stole 22 firearms from Graafschap Hardware Store in Allegan County. Both pled guilty in federal court to the theft of firearms from a federal firearms licensee. Law enforcement officers believe that all of the firearms stolen from Graafschap Hardware have been recovered.

LEXINGTON, Ky. — D’Vonta Middlebrooks, 24, of Lexington, was sentenced today, to 115 months in federal prison, by United States District Judge Danny C. Reeves, for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

BOSTON – A Brockton man was sentenced today in federal court in Boston for receiving a firearm while under indictment for felony offenses.

Alain Lenord, 26, a/k/a “OB,” was sentenced by U.S. District Court Chief Judge Patti B. Saris to 37 months in prison and three years of supervised release. In April 2019, Lenord pleaded guilty to one count of receiving a firearm while under indictment for a felony offense.

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Today, a Federal Grand Jury, sitting in Lexington, returned an indictment against Marcellis Means, 23, of Lexington, charging him with one count of being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm.

HARRISBURG - The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced today that Jacob Soto, age 22, of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, was indicted on July 17, 2019, by a federal grand jury for illegal possession of a machinegun.

Bangor, Maine: United States Attorney Halsey B. Frank announced that Andre Muller, 48; Robert Holland, 39; and Hector Munoz, 57, all of New York, New York, were arrested in New York this week and charged by indictment in Maine with conspiracy to commit Hobbs Act robbery. Munoz was also charged with attempted Hobbs Act robbery.

The indictment alleges that in July 2016, the defendants and others conspired to steal controlled substances from a residence in Rangeley, Maine. Munoz and an unnamed conspirator entered the residence armed with knives and a baseball bat.

Two people from Northeast Ohio were indicted on firearms charges.

Demann Wilson, 30, of Elyria, was indicted on one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm and one count of possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance.

Wilson possessed fentanyl and an American Arms 12-gauge shotgun and ammunition on July 11. Wilson was prohibited from having the firearm because of previous convictions for drug trafficking, according to the indictment.

SAVANNAH, GA: In the eight months since Operation Vanilla Gorilla became the largest-ever takedown of associates of the Ghostface Gangsters criminal street gang, all 43 defendants indicted in the firearms and drug trafficking investigation have now been convicted of their crimes.

LOS ANGELES – A former U.S. Customs and Border Protection watch commander at the Long Beach Seaport pleaded guilty today to federal criminal charges for running an illegal gun-selling business, unlawfully possessing more than 40 machine guns and other prohibited firearms, failing to disclose his foreign financial interests and contacts in China in order to obtain a secret-level security clearance, and cheating on his federal income taxes.

DAYTON – One year ago, the Justice Department announced the formation of Operation Synthetic Opioid Surge (S.O.S.), a program designed to reduce the supply of deadly synthetic opioids in high impact areas as well as identifying wholesale distribution networks and international and domestic suppliers. 

Tampa, Florida – U.S. District Judge Steven D. Merryday has sentenced Antonio Morrow (42, St. Petersburg) to eight years and five months in federal prison, for possessing with the intent to distribute cocaine, cocaine base, and hydromorphone, and for possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime. Morrow had pleaded guilty on May 1, 2019.

John H. Durham, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, today announced that a federal grand jury in New Haven has returned a three-count indictment charging DANIEL FRANCOIS, also known as “Bear,” 29, of Norwich, with firearm possession and drug trafficking offenses.

The indictment was returned on June 19, 2019, and Francois was arraigned today before U.S. Magistrate Judge Robert M. Spector in New Haven.

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – The U.S. Attorney’s Office, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Homeland Security Investigations, and the Drug Enforcement Administration are working together with our local partners to investigate the violent acts that transpired last night in Old San Juan.

A Hillsborough County resident pled guilty to all counts of a Superseding Indictment charging him with armed robbery of the Ocean Five Hotel on South Beach, discharging a firearm at a Miami Beach Police Department officer while fleeing after the robbery, and unlawfully possessing a firearm and ammunition as a previously convicted felon.

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 XAVIER DOMINIQUE GARRIS, 26, of Hope Mills to 162 months’ imprisonment, followed by 3 years of supervised release. On April 8, 2019, GARRIS pled guilty to one count each of felon in possession of a firearm and possession with intent to distribute marijuana.

Jacksonville, Florida – U.S. District Judge Marcia Morales Howard has sentenced Robert Randall Deen (60, Jacksonville) and Shannon Jeanette Heller (42, Jacksonville) to three years and six months in federal prison, for possessing firearms while an unlawful user of a controlled substance (Deen), and possessing firearms as a convicted felon (Heller). Heller had pleaded guilty on January 24, 2019.

Baltimore, Maryland – Today, United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Robert K. Hur, officials from the Department of Justice's Bureau of Justice Assistance, the Baltimore Police Department, the Office of the State’s Attorney’s for Baltimore City, and other federal law enforcement officials convened in Baltimore to initiate the National Public Safety Partnership (PSP) program with the Baltimore Police Department.

SOUTH BEND – Rex Hammond, age 55, of Elkhart, Indiana, was sentenced before United States District Court Judge Robert L. Miller, Jr. upon his conviction after a 4-day jury trial in April.  Mr. Hammond was convicted on 5 counts of Hobbs Act Robbery, 2 counts of brandishing a firearm during a crime of violence, and 1 count of being a felon in possession of a firearm, announced U.S. Attorney Kirsch.

Mr. Hammond was sentenced to 564 months in prison and ordered to pay $2,630 in restitution. 

KANSAS CITY, KAN. – A Kansas City, Kan., woman pleaded guilty in federal court today to her role in crashing a car into a Cabela’s store to steal guns, U.S. Attorney Stephen McAllister said.

KANSAS CITY, KAN. – A Kansas City, Kan., woman pleaded guilty in federal court today to her role in crashing a car into a Cabela’s store to steal guns, U.S. Attorney Stephen McAllister said.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – July 15, 2019 – Twenty individuals have been sentenced for their role in a series of methamphetamine distribution conspiracies which resulted in as much as 21 kilograms of methamphetamine and one kilogram of fentanyl being trafficked into the Middle Tennessee area and the arrest and indictment of two dozen individuals on drug trafficking charges, announced U.S. Attorney Don Cochran for the Middle District of Tennessee. 

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – July 15, 2019 – Twenty individuals have been sentenced for their role in a series of methamphetamine distribution conspiracies which resulted in as much as 21 kilograms of methamphetamine and one kilogram of fentanyl being trafficked into the Middle Tennessee area and the arrest and indictment of two dozen individuals on drug trafficking charges, announced U.S. Attorney Don Cochran for the Middle District of Tennessee. 

RALEIGH – United States Attorney Robert J. Higdon, Jr. announced that today in federal court, United States District Judge James C. Dever III sentenced COVIA DZELL SMITH, 46, of Shallotte, North Carolina, to 300 months imprisonment, followed by 6 years of supervised release.

SMITH was named in a three-count Indictment filed on May 8, 2018, charging him with Distribution a Quantity of Marijuana and two counts of Distribution of a Quantity of Cocaine.  On January 18, 2019, SMITH was convicted by a federal jury of all three counts.

SOUTH BEND – Michael Clark, age 20, of South Bend, Indiana, was sentenced before United States District Court Judge Robert L. Miller, Jr. upon his plea of guilty to possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, announced U.S. Attorney Kirsch.  

Mr. Clark was sentenced to 60 months in prison followed by 1 year of supervised release.   

BISMARCK – United States Attorney Drew H. Wrigley announced that on July 11, 2019, Chief United States District Judge Daniel L. Hovland sentenced Lonnie Alonzo Howard, age 48, of Bismarck, North Dakota, on charges of Possession of Firearm and Ammunition by a convicted felon, and Escape.  Judge Hovland sentenced Howard to serve 17 1/2 years imprisonment, followed by three years of supervised release. On April 11, 2019, a federal jury found Howard guilty on both counts. 

A Cleveland man was sentenced to 30 years in prison for using a firearm while trafficking fentanyl, heroin and cocaine.

Kernice Martin, 42, was sentenced to 360 months in federal prison. A jury found Martin guilty in April of four charges: possession with intent to distribute heroin and fentanyl; possession with intent to distribute cocaine; possession of a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking and being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition.

RICHMOND, Va. – A Richmond man was sentenced today to seven years in prison for his possession of a firearm as a convicted felon and while under a term of federal supervised release during a traffic stop in Henrico County.

MADISON, WIS. – Scott C. Blader, United States Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin, announced that Ryan Kleinschmidt, 25, Merrill, Wisconsin, was sentenced yesterday by U.S. District Judge William Conley to 54 months in federal prison for possessing methamphetamine with the intent to distribute and for being a felon in possession of a firearm. Kleinschmidt pleaded guilty to these charges on April 11, 2019.

After a lengthy investigation into the criminal conduct of various street gangs operating in and around Miami Gardens, Florida, a federal grand jury indicted 22 people in Miami on charges that include drug trafficking, armed drug trafficking, dealing in firearms, and firearm possession by convicted felons. Some of the defendants are members and known associates of the Zone 3 gang, a Miami Gardens based gang.

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – A Woodbridge man was sentenced today to 11 1/2 years in prison for cocaine trafficking and firearms offenses.

“Lozada’s conduct proves the adage that where guns and drugs intersect, violence is the result,” said G. Zachary Terwilliger, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia. “We will continue to investigate and prosecute these cases to ensure criminals like Lozada are held accountable.”

BOSTON – A Boston man was charged in federal court in Boston yesterday in connection with the unlicensed transportation of a firearm. 

Kenny Romero, 24, was charged with one count of unlicensed transportation of firearms. Romero was arrested on Tuesday night and appeared in federal court in Boston yesterday before U.S. District Court Magistrate Judge Donald L. Cabell, who issued a voluntary order of detention.

Jackson, TN – After a three day federal jury trial, a Hardin County man has been found guilty of illegal possession, manufacture and transfer of a destructive device. U.S. Attorney D. Michael Dunavant announced the guilty verdict today.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Two men have been sentenced for their roles in a three-months-long conspiracy that included at least 27 armed robberies, culminating in the armed robbery of a Walgreens in Blue Springs, Mo., in which a suspect was fatally shot by law enforcement officers.

Tampa, Florida –U.S. District Judge Susan Bucklew today sentenced Ashanti Roundtree (44, North Port) to 40 years in federal prison for conspiracy to distribute cocaine and heroin, possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking offense, and possessing a firearm as a convicted felon. Due to his prior convictions for armed robbery and firearms and narcotics offenses, he qualified for an increased penalty as an Armed Career Criminal.

A federal jury found Roundtree guilty on April 4, 2019.

FLORENCE– Alabama law enforcement officers from seven counties across the Northern District of Alabama attended training in Florence on Wednesday.  The training was conducted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, and Explosives on prosecution of cases involving firearms and drugs in federal and state court, constitutional protections concerning search warrants, arrests and trials, and the U.S. Attorney’s Office Prosecutor-to Prosecutor Program, or P3. 

FLORENCE– Alabama law enforcement officers from seven counties across the Northern District of Alabama attended training in Florence on Wednesday.  The training was conducted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) on prosecution of cases involving firearms and drugs in federal and state court, constitutional protections concerning search warrants, arrests and trials, and the U.S. Attorney’s Office Prosecutor-to Prosecutor Program, or P3. 

Two people from Toledo were indicted on federal firearms charges.

Yaree Moon, 41, was charged with being felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition. Moon possessed a Taurus .40-caliber pistol and five rounds of ammunition on April 16 despite a previous conviction for robbery, according to the indictment.

GREENVILLE – Robert J. Higdon, Jr., United States Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina, announces that yesterday Senior United States District Judge Malcolm J. Howard sentenced, ANTHONY DEPREE SMITH, also known as “Straight,” a 45-year-old resident of Jacksonville, to 360 months imprisonment followed by 5 years of supervised release.  SMITH was convicted on January 30, 2019, following a two-day trial, of Conspiracy to Possess with the Intent to Distribute Two Hundred Eighty (280) Grams or More of Cocaine Base (Crack). 

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – A previously convicted felon is now in federal custody after exchanging gun fire outside of a local fast food restaurant, announced United States Attorney Russell Coleman.

“Federal law enforcement is actively engaged with our LMPD partners in removing trigger-pullers from Louisville’s streets,” said U.S. Attorney Russell Coleman.

Kendrick C. Brown, 29, of Louisville, has been charged with one count of possessing a firearm after being a convicted felon, a federal felony that could lead to significant federal prison time.

Baltimore, Maryland – A federal grand jury has returned a superseding indictment charging 16 individuals in a violent drug distribution conspiracy operating in the Edmondson Village neighborhood in southwest Baltimore. The indictment was returned on June 20, 2019 and unsealed on July 3, 2019. Fourteen defendants have been arrested and of those, 12 have been ordered to be detained pending trial, including Justin Antoine, who had his detention hearing yesterday. The following defendants, all from Baltimore, are charged in the indictment:

Justin Antoine, a/k/a Justo, age 23;

CLARKSBURG, WEST VIRGINIA – Robert Given, Jr., of Lost Creek, West Virginia, was indicted by a federal grand jury today for firearms violations, United States Attorney Bill Powell announced.

Given, age 47, is charged with one count of “Possession of an Unlawful Firearm” and one count of “Possession of Machinegun.” Given is accused of knowingly having a .223 caliber rifle with a shortened barrel that wasn’t registered to him. He is also accused of having a machine gun. Both crimes are alleged to have occurred in February 2019 in Harrison County.

HAMMOND-Jeremiah Farmer, 38, of Hammond, Indiana, and a member of the Chicago-based Latin Kings street gang, was convicted by a federal jury of conspiracy to participate in racketeering activity and conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and to distribute illegal drugs ( cocaine, marijuana, and alprazolam) , announced U.S. Attorney Kirsch.    

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – United States Attorney Mike Stuart announced that David Lee Walls, 57, of Logan County, West Virginia, pled guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm.  The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) and the U.S. 119 Task Force conducted the investigation.

Walls admitted that he had possessed ten different firearms despite his status as a convicted felon.  Walls faces up to 10 years in prison when he is sentenced on October 11, 2019.

MADISON, WIS. – Scott C. Blader, United States Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin, announced that Billy Shell, Jr., 21, Madison, Wisconsin, was sentenced today by U.S. District William M. Conley to 24 months in federal prison for being a felon in possession of a firearm.  This prison term will be followed by three years of supervised release.  Shell pleaded guilty to this offense on April 16, 2019.

RICHMOND, Va. – A Richmond man was sentenced today to nine and a half years in prison for possessing and attempting to sell a 9mm pistol with an obliterated serial number and a bulletproof vest. 

Jackson, TN – Rolando Lopez, 58, has been sentenced to life 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 Saul Vega Flores, Virginia Torres, Ronald Lynn Parham, Daniel Ranger, Kennett Garrett, Tammy Ranger, Marcus Jones, and Xavier Demetrius James on charges of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine.

Baltimore, Maryland – U.S. District Judge Deborah K. Chasanow today sentenced Yusef Payne, age 35, of Baltimore, Maryland, to nine years in federal prison, followed by three years of supervised release, for illegal possession of a stolen firearm.  Payne admitted that he had at least two previous felony convictions and was prohibited from possessing firearms or ammunition.

Baltimore, Maryland – U.S. District Judge George L. Russell, III sentenced Jason Walker, age 31, of Baltimore, Maryland, today to 121 months in federal prison, followed by five years of supervised release, for an armed commercial robbery and for brandishing a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence. 

United States Attorney Ron Parsons announced that an Eagle Butte, South Dakota, man convicted of Possession of an Unregistered Firearm was sentenced on June 18, 2019, by U.S. District Judge Roberto A. Lange.

Devin Dolphus, a/k/a Devin Pretty Weasel, age 19, was sentenced to 24 months in federal prison, 3 years of supervised release, forfeiture of a firearm and a special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund in the amount of $100.

Dolphus was indicted by a federal grand jury on March 12, 2019. He pled guilty on April 3, 2019.

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – A 22-year-old resident of Corpus Christi has entered a guilty plea to robbery and brandishing a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence, announced U.S. Attorney Ryan K. Patrick.


Francisco Chavera appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Janice B. Ellington today and admitted he robbed the Texas Food Mart in the 6100 block of Williams on Aug. 5, 2018, along with Matthew Joseph Bryant, 24, Nathealle Avori Tyrell Jones, 21, and Corey Alexander Newman, 25, all of Corpus Christi.

United States Attorney Ron Parsons announced that Hot Springs, South Dakota, man convicted of Possession of a Firearm by a Prohibited Person and Distribution of a Controlled Substance was sentenced by Chief Judge Jeffrey L. Viken, U.S. District Court.

Kory Moore, age 27, was sentenced on July 3, 2019, to 4 years in federal prison, followed by 3 years of supervised release, and was ordered to pay a $200 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.

United States Attorney Ron Parsons announced that a Midland, South Dakota, woman convicted of Conspiracy to Distribute a Controlled Substance was sentenced on August 8, 2019, by U.S. District Judge Roberto A. Lange.

Angelica Dolloff, age 31, was sentenced to 60 months in federal prison, 3 years of supervised release, and a special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund in the amount of $100.

Dolloff was indicted by a federal grand jury on June 12, 2018. She pled guilty on February 20, 2019.

United States Attorney Ron Parsons announced that a Killdeer, North Dakota, man convicted of Conspiracy to Distribute a Controlled Substance was sentenced by Chief Judge Jeffrey L. Viken, U.S. District Court.

Dustin Eck, age 35, was sentenced on July 2, 2019, to 9 years in federal prison, followed by 4 years of supervised release, and was ordered to pay a $100 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.

United States Attorney Ron Parsons announced that a Rapid City, South Dakota, man convicted of Possession of a Firearm by a Prohibited Person was sentenced by Chief Judge Jeffrey L. Viken, U.S. District Court.

Kyle Tobacco, age 25, was sentenced on July 3, 2019, to 46 months in federal prison, followed by 3 years of supervised release, and was ordered to pay a $100 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.

United States Attorney Ron Parsons announced that Rapid City, South Dakota, man convicted of Possession of an Unregistered Firearm was sentenced by Chief Judge Jeffrey L. Viken, U.S. District Court.

Scott Schauer, age 48, was sentenced on July 2, 2019, to 2 and 1/2 years in federal prison, followed by 3 years of supervised release, and was ordered to pay a $100 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.

Des Moines — The National Response Team (NRT) of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) arrived on-scene Wednesday to join agents from the Des Moines ATF Office in investigating the fire that caused destroyed the Riverview Ridge Senior Living Facility in Rock Valley, Iowa.

Tampa, Florida – U.S. District Judge Virginia M. Hernandez Covington today sentenced Terrese Colston (29, Polk County) to 30 years in federal prison for carjacking, brandishing a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence, and possessing a firearm and ammunition as a convicted felon.

CONCORD - Alexander A. Tsiros, 37, of Farmington, pleaded guilty in federal court to drug trafficking and firearms offenses, United States Attorney Scott W. Murray announced today.

According to court documents and statements made in court, on September 7, 2018, Milton Police Department received a call from an individual who reported that Tsiros was in possession of a black handgun.

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – A 29-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. Lorenzo Cervantes pleaded guilty Feb. 19, 2019.

Today, U.S. District Judge Nelva Gonzalez Ramos sentenced Cervantes to 77 months to be immediately followed by three years of supervised release.

BOSTON – A Lawrence man was sentenced yesterday in federal court in Boston for illegally possessing a firearm and ammunition.

Franklin Laras, 24, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Allison D. Burroughs to 53 months in prison and three years of supervised release. In March 2019, Laras pleaded guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition.

HOUSTON – Four Houston men will serve the rest of their lives behind bars for the robbery and murder of an armored car guard and attempted robbery and murder of another, announced U.S. Attorney Ryan K. Patrick.

A federal jury convicted two Cleveland men of brandishing firearms while robbing MetroPCS stores last year and shooting at an off-duty Cleveland police officer.

Shawn Ford, 20, and Charles Rogers, 24, were each convicted on multiple counts of Hobbs Act robbery and using firearms during a crime of violence. They are scheduled to be sentenced October 9.

John H. Durham, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that JOHN ANDERSON, 38, of New Britain, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Michael P. Shea  in Hartford to 46 months of imprisonment, followed by three years of supervised release for one count of possession of a firearm and ammunition by a convicted felon.

MADISON, WIS. - Scott C. Blader, United States Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin, announced that Royal Powell, 36, Janesville, Wisconsin, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge William Conley to a mandatory minimum 15 years in federal prison for possessing a firearm as a convicted felon.  Powell pleaded guilty to this charge on March 20, 2019.  His prison sentence will be followed by four years of supervised release. 

LOUISVILLE, Ky.  – The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) Louisville Division reminds the public, whether attending community fireworks displays or celebrating with backyard fireworks, to exercise caution when dealing with fireworks.

United States Attorney Ron Parsons announced that an Elk Grove, California, man convicted of Possession of a Firearm by a Prohibited Person was sentenced by Chief Judge Jeffrey L. Viken, U.S. District Court.

Travis Jones, age 32, was sentenced on June 28, 2019, to 36 months in federal prison, followed by 3 years of supervised release, and ordered to pay a $100 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. –  United States District Court Judge Rebecca G. Jennings sentenced Jamar Garrison, 33, of Louisville, Kentucky, to 20 years of federal imprisonment followed by 6 years of supervised release for possession of heroin with the intent to distribute, and possession of a handgun by a convicted felon. There is no parole in the federal system.

United States Attorney Ron Parsons announced that a Fort Thompson, South Dakota, man convicted of Possession of a Stolen Firearm was sentenced on July 1, 2019, by U.S. District Judge Roberto A. Lange.

Jacob Hawk Wing, age 25, was sentenced to 26 months in federal prison, followed by 3 years of supervised release, restitution in the amount of $190, and a special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund in the amount of $100.

Hawk Wing was indicted by a federal grand jury on September 11, 2018. He pled guilty on April 3, 2019.

A Canton man was sentenced to more than three years in prison for illegally having a firearm and ammunition.

Riccardo Harris, 36, was sentenced to 42 months in prison by U.S. District Judge Sara Lioi last week. Harris previously pleaded guilty to one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition.

Canton police officers responded to a shot spotter activation at the Whistle Stop Bar on October 19, 2018. Officers found several .40-caliber shell casings in the parking lot of the bar, according to court documents and court statements. 

RALEIGH – The United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of North Carolina announced that ANTONIO KEVIN MCKOY, 32, of Garland, NC, TONY CHEVALLIER, 40, of Clinton, NC, and JABARR RYEHEINE RUDOLPH, 39, of Clinton, NC were sentenced by United States District Judge James C. Dever, III.

MADISON, WIS. – Scott C. Blader, United States Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin, announced that Aaron T. Washington, 25, of Chicago, Illinois, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge James D. Peterson to 42 months in federal prison for possessing a firearm as a convicted felon. Washington pleaded guilty to the charge on April 15, 2019.

A Davie resident who possessed a firearm and ammunition was sentenced for being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition and required to forfeit his interest in the firearm and ammunition.

Ariana Fajardo Orshan, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, Ari C. Shapira, Special Agent in Charge, U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), Miami Field Office, and Dale Engle, Chief, Davie Police Department, made the announcement. 

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.

PHILADELPHIA – United States Attorney William M. McSwain announced that Hasan Chaney, 30, of Philadelphia, PA was sentenced to 312 months’ imprisonment (26 years), and Braheim Ballard, 39 of Philadelphia, PA was sentenced to 155 months’ imprisonment (12 years, 9 months), both by U.S. District Judge Mitchell Goldberg.  Both defendants were members of an extremely violent criminal organization led by Khalil Smith, who was sentenced to life plus 207 years’ imprisonment in November 2018.

DAVENPORT, IA- On Monday, June 24, 2019, a jury found Chad Eric Mink, age 43, of Rock Island, Illinois, guilty of fifteen (15) separate federal offenses including interstate transportation of a stolen motor vehicle, stalking (two counts), interstate domestic violence (two counts), possession of unregistered destructive devices (pipe bombs) (two counts), being a prohibited person in possession of explosives (two counts), fraudulent use of a means of identification of another person, malicious use of explosives, possession of a destructive device in furtherance of a crime of violence, carryin

HOUSTON – A Mexican national and a U.S. citizen have been ordered to federal prison following their convictions of conspiracy for attempting to commit the kidnapping of a Houston man, announced U.S. Attorney Ryan K. Patrick. Julio Cesar Garcia-Longoria, a 42-year-old Mexican National from Nuevo Laredo, and Iraida Griselda Hernandez, 42, of Houston, pleaded guilty Oct. 12, 2018.

BUFFALO, N.Y. – U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced today that Kaylen Miller, 22, of Buffalo, NY, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Court Judge Richard J. Arcara to being a user of a controlled substance in possession of firearm and ammunition. The charge carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

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.

United States Attorney Ron Parsons announced that a Martin, South Dakota, man was charged in federal district court with Theft of Firearms, Possession of a Firearm by a Prohibited Person, and Possession of a Stolen Firearm.  

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.

United States Attorney Ron Parsons announced that a Rapid City, South Dakota, man was charged in federal district court with Possession of a Firearm by a Prohibited Person.  

Jaime Walking Bull, age 38, was charged on May 21, 2019.  Walking Bull appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Daneta Wollmann on June 6, 2019, and pleaded not guilty to the charge.  The maximum penalty upon conviction is 10 years in federal prison and/or a $250,000 fine, 3 years supervised release, and $100 to the Federal Crime Victims Fund. Restitution may also be ordered.

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.

United States Attorney Ron Parsons announced that a Sturgis, South Dakota, man convicted of Conspiracy to Distribute Methamphetamine was sentenced on June 18, 2019, by Chief Judge Jeffrey L. Viken, U.S. District Court.

Joseph Bradshaw, age 37, was sentenced to 17.5  years in prison, followed by 5 years of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.  He also forfeited 13 firearms collected during a search of his residence in October of 2017.

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.
 
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