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STATESBORO, GA:  A major investigation targeting an expansive, gang-related drug trafficking ring operating in Georgia has resulted in a 61-count indictment naming 26 defendants on federal charges.

Indictments in Operation Ace in the Hole were returned under seal in U.S. District Court in Statesboro, said Bobby L. Christine, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Georgia. After the indictments were unsealed, the charges were announced in a news conference at the Toombs County Courthouse. Additional defendants face state charges in the investigation.

WASHINGTON – James G. Walker, 61, the owner of a commercially zoned row house at 708 Kennedy Street, N.W., was arraigned by Superior Court of the District of Columbia Judge Ronna L. Beck on two counts of second degree murder and two counts of involuntary manslaughter. The grand jury indictment was announced by U.S. Attorney Jessie K. Liu; Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) Special Agent in Charge of the Washington Field Division Ashan M. Benedict; Chief of the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) Peter Newsham; and Fire and EMS Chief Gregory M. Dean.

Greenbelt, Maryland – A federal criminal complaint has been filed charging three alleged members of the racially motivated violent extremist group “The Base” with firearms and alien-related charges.  The complaint charges Brian Mark Lemley, Jr., age 33, of Elkton, Maryland, and Newark, Delaware, and William Garfield Bilbrough IV, age 19, of Denton, Maryland, with transporting and harboring aliens and conspiring to do so.  Lemley is also charged with transporting a machine gun and disposing of a firearm and ammunition to an alien unlawfully present in the United States.  Further, the complai

Matthew D. Krueger, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Wisconsin, announced today that 26 defendants have been charged in federal court with trafficking at least five kilograms or more of cocaine as well as distributable quantities of heroin and fentanyl. The defendants were also charged with money laundering and conspiracy to commit money laundering. If convicted, each defendant faces a mandatory minimum of 10 years in prison and up to life in prison.

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. –A federal judge today sentenced two men involved in a methamphetamine conspiracy to prison sentences ranging from twelve years to twenty-four years, announced U.S. Attorney Jay E. Town, Drug Enforcement Administration Assistant Special Agent in Charge Clay Morris and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Special Agent in Charge Marcus Watson.

John H. Durham, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that TYSHAWN COLEMAN, 30, of Hartford, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Alvin W. Thompson in Hartford to 46 months of imprisonment, followed by three years of supervised release, for illegally possessing ammunition.

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – A Lorton man pleaded guilty today to straw purchasing a firearm.

United States Attorney Erica H. MacDonald today announced the sentencing of MARIO MARTELL SPENCER, 34, and AHMED OSMAN FARAH, 32, for the armed robbery of a Minneapolis convenience store. SPENCER and FARAH were convicted by a federal jury on June 17, 2019, and were sentenced to 156 months in prison and 120 months in prison, respectively. The sentences were handed down by Judge Wilhelmina M. Wright in U.S. District Court in St. Paul, Minnesota.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – United States Attorney Mike Stuart announced that Benjamin Lee Parsons, 31, of Mineral Wells, was sentenced to 60 months in federal prison for possessing firearms after being involuntarily committed to a mental hospital.  Upon release from prison, Parsons will serve three years of federal supervised release, during which he will receive mental health treatment.

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ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) -- A suburban Chicago man was sentenced yesterday in federal court before U.S. District Judge Matthew F. Kennelly to 96 months in federal prison, followed by 3 years of supervised release, for one count of stealing firearms from a licensed firearms dealer and one count of conspiring to steal firearms from licensed firearm dealers.

Spokane – William D. Hyslop, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Washington, announced that Michael Lorenzo Martinez Castoreno, age 35, of Moses Lake, Washington, was sentenced today after having pleaded guilty on July 15, 2019, to possession of stolen firearms. Senior United States District Judge Wm. Fremming Nielsen sentenced Castoreno to a 108-month term of imprisonment, to be followed by a 3-year term of court supervision after he is released from federal prison.

INDIANAPOLIS – United States Attorney Josh J. Minkler announced today that Marvin Graves, 22, and Dominique Jones, 31, both of Indianapolis, were recently charged in separate complaints for federal firearm offenses.

"The U.S. Attorney’s Office is committed to reducing gun violence through its Project Guardian initiative," said Minkler. "If you are illegally in possession of a firearm, you will be prosecuted fully under federal law.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Waldo Nahle, 37, of Albuquerque, New Mexico was sentenced in federal court in Santa Fe, New Mexico on Jan. 10 to more than 20 years (250 months) in prison on three counts of distribution of methamphetamine, two counts of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine, and one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm.

PENSACOLA, FLORIDA – A Pensacola man has been sentenced to more than six years in federal prison after pleading guilty to possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. The 76-month sentence handed down to Charleston Pierre Wiggins, 32, of Pensacola, was announced by Lawrence Keefe, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Florida.

A man who fired multiple rounds from a handgun at a group of people celebrating someone’s graduation was sentenced today to more than eleven years in federal prison.

Norris Wade Culver, Jr., age 34, from Dubuque, Iowa, received the prison term after an August 8, 2019 guilty plea to one count of being a prohibited person in possession of a firearm.

ROCKFORD —A suburban Chicago man was sentenced yesterday in federal court before U.S. District Judge Matthew F. Kennelly to 96 months in federal prison, followed by 3 years of supervised release, for one count of stealing firearms from a licensed firearms dealer and one count of conspiring to steal firearms from licensed firearm dealers.

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. –A federal judge on Thursday sentenced a Tuscaloosa man on gun and drug charges, announced U.S. Attorney Jay E. Town and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Special Agent in Charge Marcus Watson. 

U.S. District Court Judge Annemarie Axon sentenced Seth Williams, 27, to 262 months in prison for possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, use of firearm during a drug offense, and felon in possession of a firearm.  Williams, a career criminal with an extensive record, pled guilty in June 2019. 

Baltimore, Maryland – A federal jury convicted Alex Smith, a/k/a Skeet, age 34, of Halethorpe, Maryland, on federal charges of conspiracy to commit a commercial robbery, attempted robbery, and using, carrying, and discharging a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence, related to the attempted armed robbery of a food service business in Baltimore on December 5, 2018, during which an employee of the business was shot.  The jury returned its verdict late on Friday, January 10, 2020.

Tampa, Florida – U.S. District Judge Steven D. Merryday today sentenced Lamont Guinyard (30, Gulfport) to four years and three months in federal prison for possessing a firearm as a convicted felon. Guinyard had pleaded guilty on April 8, 2019.

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BOSTON – A Yarmouthport man was sentenced today in federal court in Boston for his role in a wide-ranging operation that distributed heroin and fentanyl throughout Cape Cod.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – An Independence, Missouri, man pleaded guilty in federal court today to illegally possessing methamphetamine and firearms.

Devin D. Cofer, 24, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Howard F. Sachs to one count of possessing methamphetamine with the intent to distribute and one count of possessing firearms in furtherance of a drug-trafficking crime.

PITTSBURGH, PA - A resident of West Mifflin, PA, has been indicted by a federal grand jury in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on a charge of illegal sale of firearms by a licensed dealer to an out-of-state resident, United States Attorney Scott W. Brady announced today.

The one-count Indictment, returned on January 7, named Jamie Chonko, age 34, as the sole defendant.

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – A Maryland man pleaded guilty today for conspiracy to straw purchase 31 firearms.

“The Eastern District of Virginia continues to put straw purchasers on notice: If you abuse federal firearms purchasing laws, you will be prosecuted for your felonious conduct,” said G. Zachary Terwilliger, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia. “Subjecting individuals who choose to straw purchase firearms to federal felony prosecution is just and necessary to ensure that convicted straw purchasers can never again purchase firearms for others.”

TERRE HAUTE – United States Attorney Josh J. Minkler announced today that Dakota S. Lovellette, 19, and Nicholas P. Apple, 22, both of Vincennes, Ind., were indicted by a grand jury for charges of conspiring to make a false statement and making a false statement in connection with the acquisition of a firearm.

United States Attorney Erica H. MacDonald today announced the sentencing of RICHARD ALONZO WOODS, 36, to 98 months in prison for illegally possessing two firearms and for violating the terms of his supervised release. WOODS, who pleaded guilty on May 9, 2019, was sentenced today before Judge Wilhelmina M. Wright in U.S. District Court in St. Paul, Minnesota. On August 1, 2019, WOODS’s co-defendant, DAMON TYRELL LEE ACON, 23, was sentenced to 60 months in prison for illegal possession of firearms.

LITTLE ROCK— Raymond Trice, a multi-convicted felon, will spend the next 180 months in federal prison for illegally possessing a firearm. Cody Hiland, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Arkansas, announced the sentence, which was handed down today by Chief United States District Judge D.P. Marshall, Jr. 

AUGUSTA, GA: A Grovetown man has been indicted by a federal grand jury on charges that include possession of a pipe bomb.

James Richard Grates II, 36, is charged with Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon, and Possession of an Unregistered Firearm, said Bobby L. Christine, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Georgia. The charges carry a possible penalty of up to 10 years in prison, followed by a period of supervised release. There is no parole in the federal system.

MADISON, WIS. - Scott C. Blader, United States Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin, announced that Antonio Sims, 39, Janesville, Wisconsin, was sentenced today by Chief U.S. District Judge James D. Peterson to 46 months in federal prison, to be followed by three years of supervised release, for being a felon in possession of a firearm. Sims pled guilty to this offense on October 8, 2019.

Tampa, Florida – A federal jury today found Robert Christopher Sunmonu (22, St. Petersburg) guilty of possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, possessing crack cocaine with the intent to distribute it, and possessing a firearm as a convicted felon. Sunmonu faces a mandatory minimum penalty of five years, and up to life, in federal prison. His sentencing hearing has not yet been scheduled.

Sunmonu was indicted on September 24, 2019.

RICHMOND, Va. – A Norfolk man was sentenced today to 28 years in prison for robbery affecting commerce, using, carrying, brandishing a firearm during the robbery, and three separate instances of armed drug trafficking.  

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – A Louisville, Kentucky, man, who fired the shot that killed a 7-year old child on May 21, 2017, has now pleaded guilty to three federal firearms charges, announced U.S. Attorney Russell Coleman.

“The face of gun crime in our city is an innocent child sitting at his kitchen table eating birthday cake on a Sunday night,” said U.S. Attorney Russell Coleman. “This case demonstrates how the feds can partner with LMPD and the Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office to maximize our ability to incapacitate the trigger-pullers and protect kids like Dequante Hobbs.”

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – United States District Judge David J. Hale sentenced Phillip Randolph Johnson Jr. of Marion County, Kentucky, to 180 months followed by 5 years of supervised release after he pleaded guilty to a seven count federal indictment. 

 “Armed drug dealing will not be tolerated in Marion County or the Western District of Kentucky,” said U.S. Attorney Russell Coleman. “Those who ignore this warning will pay a heavy price, in this case a decade and a half in federal prison.”

Greenbelt, Maryland – Jerome Francis Canty, age 23, of Oxon Hill, Maryland, pleaded guilty today to being a felon in possession of firearms and ammunition, and to violating his supervised release from a January 31, 2018 federal conviction for illegal possession of a firearm and ammunition by a convicted felon.

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

Esmeralda Stands, age 38, was sentenced on January 6, 2020, to time served and 3 years of supervised release, and was ordered to pay a $100 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund and $972.37 in restitution.

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. –A federal judge today sentenced a Tuscaloosa man to 235 months in prison, announced U.S. Attorney Jay E. Town and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Special Agent in Charge Marcus Watson.

U.S. District Judge Annemarie Carney Axon sentenced Montez Vantarus Spradley, 37, for being a felon in possession of a firearm.  Spradley pled guilty to the single count indictment in August 2019.  

Ocala, Florida – Shelley Devaughn Cook (42, Ocala) today pleaded guilty to possessing a firearm and ammunition as a convicted felon. He faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 15 years, and up to life, in federal prison. A sentencing date has not yet been set.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – January 8, 2020 – – Elique Camacho, 22, of Clarksville, Tennessee, pleaded guilty yesterday in U.S. District Court to possessing a firearm after being convicted of a crime of domestic violence, announced U.S. Attorney Don Cochran for the Middle District of Tennessee.

Ocala, Florida – Nicholas Allen Groves (35, Ocala) today pleaded guilty to possessing a firearm as a convicted felon. He faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in federal prison. A sentencing date has not yet been set.

Groves had been indicted on November 20, 2019.

Birmingham, Ala. – A federal jury yesterday convicted a man of having a firearm in furtherance of drug distribution in Birmingham, announced U.S. Attorney Jay E. Town and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Special Agent in Charge Marcus Watson.

The jury returned its guilty verdict against Jonathan Moorer, 28, after two days of testimony before U.S. District Judge Abdul Kallon. 

MADISON, WIS. - Scott C. Blader, United States Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin, announced that Travis Hicks, 24, Madison, Wisconsin, was sentenced today by Chief U.S. District Judge James D. Peterson to two years in federal prison for being a felon in possession of a firearm. Hicks pleaded guilty to this charge on October 9, 2019.

RICHMOND, Va. – A Prince William County man pleaded guilty yesterday to possession of a firearm after being convicted of a felony.

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – A Hampton man was sentenced today to life in prison for use of a firearm resulting in death, drug conspiracy, attempted possession with intent to distribute ecstasy, and felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition.

PITTBURGH - A resident of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, pleaded guilty in federal court to a charge of violating the federal firearms laws, United States Attorney Scott W. Brady announced today.

Derek Reddix, 30, of 1248 Woodland Avenue, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, pleaded guilty to one count before Senior United States District Judge Joy Flowers Conti.

PITTSBURGH - A resident of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, has been indicted by a federal grand jury in Pittsburgh on a charge of possession of a firearm and ammunition by a convicted felon, United States Attorney Scott W. Brady announced today.

The one-count Indictment, returned on January 7, named Aaron Lyons, 25, of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania as the sole defendant.

VICTORIA, Texas – A ranking member of the Texas Chicano Brotherhood (TxCB) has been ordered to federal prison following his conviction of conspiracy to possess and distribution of more than 1,000 kilograms of marijuana, announced U.S. Attorney Ryan K. Patrick.

Rafael Diaz, 31, Rio Grande City, pleaded guilty Feb. 4, 2019.

Today, Senior U.S. District Judge John D. Rainey handed Diaz 145-month sentence to be immediately followed by five years of supervised release.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – A Warrensburg, Missouri, man and a Kansas City, Missouri, man pleaded guilty in federal court today to illegally possessing firearms that they sold to an undercover federal agent.

Rufus C. Thomas, also known as “Jackpot,” 30, of Warrensburg, and his brother, Hashir Abdur-Rahman, also known as “Jeremiah Monroe” and “The Noble King,” 42, of Kansas City, pleaded guilty in separate appearances before U.S. District Judge Stephen R. Bough.

OAKLAND – Donta Lashaun Perry was sentenced today to 60 months and one day in prison for being a felon in possession of a firearm and for possessing firearms in connection with drug trafficking, announced United States Attorney David L. Anderson and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) Special Agent in Charge Rayfield Roundtree.  The sentence was handed down by the Honorable Jeffrey S. White, U.S. District Judge.  

MADISON, WIS. – Scott C. Blader, United States Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin, announced that Lamont Davis, 30, Eau Claire, Wisconsin, was sentenced today by U.S. District William M. Conley to 30 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.

Portland, Maine:  A Lewiston man was sentenced yesterday in federal court in Portland for distributing cocaine base, commonly known as “crack,” U.S. Attorney Halsey B. Frank announced.

U.S. District Court Judge Nancy Torresen sentenced Everton Jones, 23, to 16 months in prison and three years of supervised release. Jones pleaded guilty on August 22, 2019.

BANGOR, Maine: A Bangor-area man pleaded guilty yesterday in federal court in Bangor to possessing a firearm with an obliterated serial number, U.S. Attorney Halsey B. Frank announced.

CONCORD- Christopher Mann, 35, of Manchester, was sentenced on Monday to 120 months in federal prison for possessing a firearm after a felony conviction, United States Attorney Scott W. Murray announced today.

According to court documents and statements made in court in 2006, Mann was convicted in federal court of robbing a pizza restaurant in Concord using a gun and sentenced to 12 years in prison. Mann was released from federal custody to supervised release in August 2017. In early April 2018, Mann's supervised release was revoked for possessing methamphetamine.

BOSTON – A Norwood woman pleaded guilty yesterday in federal court in Boston to distributing synthetic marijuana into state correctional facilities. 

Caitlin Marcey, 27, pleaded guilty to distribution of a controlled substance before U.S. District Judge Patti B. Saris who scheduled sentencing for April 28, 2020. Marcey was arrested and charged in June 2019.  

NORFOLK, Va. – An Alexandria man and a Virginia Beach man were sentenced to prison today for illegally buying and possessing firearms, and for possessing firearms while involved in drug-trafficking crimes.

According to court documents, Ernest Dwayne Riley, 32, and Kaleb Raine Reiter, 22, were prohibited persons who purchased guns at different times from Julio Pino, a former U.S. Navy sailor who was sentenced in March 2019 for trafficking at least 60 firearms.

Riley was sentenced to more than four years in prison, while Reiter was sentenced to 10 years.

Bangor, Maine:  A Whitefield man pleaded guilty today in federal court in Bangor to being a felon in possession of a firearm, U.S. Attorney Halsey B. Frank announced.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – A Charleston man was sentenced to federal prison for a drug crime, announced United States Attorney Mike Stuart.  Robert Thomas, also known as “Zombie,” was sentenced to 15 years in prison for possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine.  He was also ordered to serve a term of five years on supervised release.

NEWARK, N.J. – A former member of the U.S. Navy was sentenced today to 18 months in prison for her role in an interstate gun trafficking conspiracy, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced.

Tesora Amanda Cortes Trejorojas, 24, of Norfolk, Virginia, previously pleaded guilty to an indictment charging her with one count of conspiring with others to transport and receive in New Jersey firearms purchased and obtained outside the state. U.S. District Judge Kevin McNulty imposed the sentence today in Newark federal court

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – A Huntington felon caught with multiple firearms last year was sentenced today to 114 months in federal prison, announced United States Attorney Mike Stuart.  Randall Allen Eplion, Jr., 30, previously pled guilty to felon in possession of a firearm.  

United States Attorney Ron Parsons announced that a Kyle, South Dakota, man convicted by virtue of a federal jury trial for Conspiracy to Distribute a Controlled Substance and Possession of a Firearm by a Prohibited Person was sentenced on January 3, 2020, by U.S. District Judge Jeffrey L. Viken. The trial was held August 26-29, 2019.

Brendon Janis, age 35, was sentenced to 15 years in federal prison, followed by 5 years of supervised release, and a $200 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – A 42-year-old veteran member of the Homietos outlaw motorcycle gang has been ordered to federal prison following his convictions for conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute meth and being a felon in possession of a firearm, announced U.S. Attorney Ryan K. Patrick.

Larry Torres, 42, of Corpus Christi, pleaded guilty Sept. 27, 2019.

WILMINGTON, Del. – David C. Weiss, U.S. Attorney for the District of Delaware, announced that Samuel James Gulick, 18, of Middletown, Delaware was charged today in the United States District Court for the District of Delaware in connection with utilizing an incendiary device to damage the Planned Parenthood facility in Newark, Delaware on January 3, 2020.

FRESNO, Calif. — Joseph Vasquez Jr., 32, of Modesto, was sentenced today to 26 years and eight months in prison for an operation that distributed methamphetamine from Modesto to Juneau, Alaska, U.S. Attorney McGregor W. Scott announced.

United States Attorney Ron Parsons announced that a Rapid City, South Dakota, man convicted of Possession with Intent to Distribute a Controlled Substance was sentenced by Chief Judge Jeffrey L. Viken, U.S. District Court.

Dustin Seegrist, age 37, was sentenced on January 3, 2020, to 10 years in federal prison, followed by 5 years of supervised release, and was ordered to pay a $100 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.

PHILADELPHIA – United States Attorney William M. McSwain announced that several defendants were sentenced by the Honorable Juan R. Sanchez for their involvement in a years’ long drug distribution conspiracy and related crimes, the last of whom, Bryant Calloway, was sentenced today to lifetime imprisonment.

Orlando, Florida – U.S. District Judge Carlos E. Mendoza has sentenced Kenneth Bernard Smith (55, Winter Garden) to 12 years in federal prison for possessing a loaded firearm and ammunition as a convicted felon, and for possessing with the intent to distribute heroin and cocaine. Smith had previously pleaded guilty to the offenses. 

John H. Durham, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that ROYSHAWN ALLGOOD, also known as “Boy Roy,” 30, of New London, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Vanessa L. Bryant in Hartford to 71 months of imprisonment, followed by five years of supervised release, for his role in a southeastern Connecticut drug trafficking ring.

United States Attorney Ron Parsons announced that a Rosebud, South Dakota, man convicted of Felon in Possession of a Firearm was sentenced on January 2, 2020, by U.S. District Judge Roberto A. Lange.

Alvin Running Horse, Jr., age 41, was sentenced to 9 months in federal prison, followed by 3 years of supervised release, and a special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund in the amount of $100.

Running Horse was indicted by a federal grand jury on July 26, 2019. He pled guilty on September 25, 2019.

BOSTON – A Chelsea man was arrested on Dec. 27, 2019, and charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Semaj Leary was charged in an indictment with one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm. Following an initial appearance and arraignment in federal court in Boston today, Leary was detained pending a detention hearing set for Jan. 2, 2020.

United States Attorney Ron Parsons announced that an Eagle Butte, South Dakota, woman has been indicted by a federal grand jury for Second Degree Burglary, Larceny, Assaulting Resisting, and Impeding a Federal Officer, Assault with a Dangerous Weapon, and Discharging a Firearm During and in Relation to a Crime of Violence.

Justin Twite, age 22, was indicted on April 9, 2019. She appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark A. Moreno on December 30, 2019, and pled not guilty to the Indictment.

United States Attorney Ron Parsons announced that a Rapid City, South Dakota, man was charged in federal district court with False Statement During Purchase of a Firearm.

Uriah Lafferty, age 34, was charged on December 17, 2019. Lafferty appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Daneta Wollmann on December 27, 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 a $100 assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund. Restitution may also be ordered.

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.

Harold Dooley, age 29, was charged on December 17, 2019. Dooley appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Daneta Wollmann on December 23, 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.

DES MOINES, Iowa – On December 20, 2019, Christina Louise Stein, age 34, was sentenced by United States District Court Judge Rebecca Goodgame Ebinger for Felon and Unlawful User of a Controlled Substance in Possession of a Firearm. Stein was sentenced to 120 months imprisonment, the statutory maximum, to be followed by a three-year term of supervised release.

WILKES-BARRE - The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that David Banks, age 33, formerly of Sugar Notch, Pennsylvania, entered a guilty plea on December 18, 2019, before Senior U.S. District Court Judge A. Richard Caputo, to charges of possession with intent to distribute fentanyl and possession of a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking. Banks was then immediately sentenced to six years’ imprisonment.

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – A Manassas man was sentenced today to one year in prison for straw purchasing a firearm.

“Straw purchasing a firearm is a federal crime with serious consequences,” said G. Zachary Terwilliger, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia. “We are doubling down on our efforts across the DMV to prosecute any and all straw purchasing cases. It should send a strong message to those who would come into Virginia to illegally purchase firearms – Don’t lie and buy for the other guy. You will be prosecuted.”

WAYCROSS, GA:  Two drug traffickers connected with a Mexican cartel that supplied a south Georgia methamphetamine conspiracy have been sentenced to federal prison.

Ocala, Florida – U.S. District Judge John Antoon today sentenced Daprix Devon Gadson (29, Ocala) to 15 years in federal prison for possessing a firearm as an armed career criminal and for possessing methamphetamine with the intent to distribute it. Gadson had pleaded guilty on September 5, 2019.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – United States Attorney Russell Coleman, surrounded by federal and local law enforcement partners, announced more than 100 felony offenders possessing firearms have been charged so-far in 2019 as part of the ongoing Project Guardian effort to fight back against the violent crime plaguing Metro Louisville.  

Tampa, Florida – U.S. District Judge Elizabeth A. Kovachevich today sentenced Joshua David Jordan (30, Seffner) to 25 years in federal prison for two counts of discharging a firearm during and in relation to attempted carjackings and one count of arson. The court also ordered Jordan to pay $82,200 in restitution to the victims of his crimes.

United States Attorney Richard W. Moore of the Southern District of Alabama announced that James Floyd Jones, 31, of Selma, Alabama, was sentenced today in federal court for being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm. Jones pleaded guilty to the charge in September of 2019.

SOUTH BEND – Eduardo Ramirez, age 44, of South Bend, Indiana was sentenced yesterday afternoon (December 19, 2019) before South Bend District Court Judge Damon Leichty upon his plea of guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm, announced U.S. Attorney Kirsch.

Ramirez was sentenced to 72 months in prison followed by 3 years of supervised release.

Greenbelt, Maryland – A federal criminal complaint has been filed in Maryland charging Arthur Morgan, age 67, of Lorton, Virginia, on a federal wire fraud charge, in connection with federal contracts to provide helmets, body armor, and other goods to military and other federal entities. The criminal complaint was filed on December 16, 2019 and was unsealed at his initial appearance following his arrest on December 17, 2019.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – December19, 2019 – Four Nashville men were sentenced to federal prison last week by Chief U.S. District Judge Waverly D. Crenshaw, Jr., for their roles in violent crime incidents connected to Nashville public housing developments, announced U.S. Attorney Don Cochran for the Middle District of Tennessee. 

HAMMOND-Edward T. Bell, 30, of Gary, Indiana, was sentenced by Judge Simon to 87 months imprisonment following his guilty plea to possession of firearms by a convicted felon, announced U.S. Attorney Kirsch.

INDIANAPOLIS – United States Attorney Josh J. Minkler announced today that two drug-trafficking organizations with fifteen total members were indicted by a grand jury for charges of drug-trafficking, unlawful use of a communication facility, and being a felon in possession of a firearm. The cases were investigated and prosecuted by the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF).

FORT WAYNE – Adonnis Carswell, age 34, of New Haven, Indiana was sentenced before U.S. District Court Judge Holly A. Brady following his conviction after a 4-day jury trial in September 2019, announced U.S. Attorney Kirsch. Carswell was sentenced to 421 months in prison followed by 3 years of supervised release.

NEWARK, N.J. – A Newark man was sentenced today to 120 months in prison for being convicted of being a felon in possession of a firearm, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced.

Jamar Battle, 31, was previously convicted after a three-day trial before U.S. District Judge William J. Martini on one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition. The jury deliberated two hours before delivering the guilty verdict. Judge Martini imposed the sentence today in Newark federal court.

United States Attorney Ron Parsons announced that a Newton, North Carolina, man convicted of Conspiracy to Distribute a Controlled Substance was sentenced on December 12, 2019, by Chief Judge Jeffrey L. Viken, U.S. District Court.

Gregory Skrehot, age 59, was sentenced to 10 years in federal prison, followed by 5 years of supervised release, and ordered to pay a $100 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.

United States Attorney Ron Parsons announced that a Philip, South Dakota, man convicted of Possession of a Firearm by a Prohibited Person was sentenced on December 17, 2019, by Chief Judge Jeffrey L. Viken, U.S. District Court.

Steven Frost, age 38, was sentenced to 5 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.

St. Louis, MO – A federal indictment was returned today against Jalen Exavier Simms, 24, of Saint Louis, for his role in the June 3, 2019 death of victim Jabari Clark. The indictment specifically charges Simms with one count of the attempted carjacking of victim Clark’s 2012 Dodge Ram truck and one count of discharging a firearm in furtherance of that carjacking that resulted in victim Clark’s death.

Baltimore, Maryland - Today, Attorney General William P. Barr announced the launch of Operation Relentless Pursuit, an initiative aimed at combating violent crime in seven of America’s most violent cities—including Baltimore—through a surge in federal resources.

Attorney General William P. Barr today announced the launch of Operation Relentless Pursuit, an initiative aimed at combating violent crime in seven of America’s most violent cities – including the combined metropolitan area of Kansas City, Missouri, and Kansas City, Kansas - through a surge in federal resources.

Today, Attorney General William P. Barr announced the launch of Operation Relentless Pursuit, an initiative aimed at combating violent crime in seven American cities – including Milwaukee – through a surge in federal resources.

Today, Attorney General William P. Barr announced the launch of Operation Relentless Pursuit, an initiative aimed at combating violent crime in seven of America’s most violent cities – including Cleveland – through a surge in federal resources.

United States Attorney Erica H. MacDonald today announced the sentencing of MARTAVIS SHAWN DEMAR JAMES, 38, to 180 months in prison for the robbery and attempted robbery of 10 Twin Cities businesses. JAMES, who was convicted on May 17, 2019, was sentenced on December 17, 2019, by U.S. District Judge Susan Richard Nelson.

OKLAHOMA CITY – WENDELL L. REEVES, 32, has been sentenced to 120 months in prison for possessing ammunition after a felony conviction, announced U.S. Attorney Timothy J. Downing.

According to an indictment filed on March 19, 2019, Reeves possessed 86 rounds of .22 LR ammunition and five spent cartridge cases of .22 LR ammunition in Oklahoma City on June 28, 2018, after he had been convicted of a felony.  He pleaded guilty on May 10, 2019.

WILMINGTON, Del. – United States Attorney David C. Weiss announced that Brandon Williams, 26, of Dover, was sentenced yesterday to 51 months in federal prison by Chief U.S. District Judge Leonard P. Stark.  Williams previously pled guilty to stealing firearms from a Millsboro gun store and to the possession of a firearm by a person prohibited from possessing guns, due to Williams’ prior felony conviction in Delaware state court. 

SCRANTON - The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that on December 17, 2019, Victoria Kraynak, age 28, of Luzerne, Pennsylvania, was sentenced to 66 months’ imprisonment and five years of supervised release, by United States District Court Judge Malachy E. Mannion, for conspiring to distribute heroin, crack cocaine, and fentanyl.

INDIANAPOLIS – United States Attorney Josh J. Minkler announced today that Walter Mays, 29, Lapre Apple, 22, Mickey Shipp, 35, David Bateman, 38,Christopher Allen, 27, Rodney Freeman, 36, all of Indianapolis, and Devonte Davis, 25, of Carlisle, Ind. were indicted by a grand jury on charges of illegal possession of firearms and/or drug-trafficking related charges.

CAMDEN, N.J. – A Virginia man has been sentenced to 60 months in prison for conspiring to traffic 35 guns into New Jersey, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced today.

CHICAGO, Ill. – Today, the Chicago Police Department began receiving real-time intelligence on its local gun crime from ATF’s NIBIN National Correlation and Training Center located in Huntsville, Alabama, which enhances CPD’s already robust usage of the National Integrated Ballistics Information Network (NIBIN).

OKLAHOMA CITY – CHAD WAYNE KASPEREIT, 34, of Duncan, has been sentenced to ten years in prison for possessing firearms while subject to a victim protective order and lying on a federal form to purchase firearms, announced U.S. Attorney Timothy J. Downing.

GRAND RAPIDS, MICHIGAN — U.S. Attorney Andrew B. Birge announced today that on December 16, 2019, Mark Adrian Baker, 27, of Holland, Michigan, was sentenced to serve 63 months in the Federal Bureau of Prisons for aiding and abetting obstruction of justice. U.S. District Judge Paul L. Maloney also imposed a 3-year period of supervised release. In sentencing Baker, Judge Maloney made clear that this was a serious offense that threatened the very essence of the federal criminal justice system.

NORFOLK, Va. – Federal and local law enforcement officials today announced the results of Operation High Tide, a proactive, large-scale narcotics and firearms trafficking investigation that focused on high-impact targets driving crime in some of the hardest hit neighborhoods in Hampton Roads.

In early September, over 100 law enforcement agents, officers, and other personnel executed Operation High Tide, which resulted in the arrests of nearly two dozen individuals involved in selling drugs and guns in Norfolk, Chesapeake, and Portsmouth.

PEORIA, Ill. – A jury today convicted 13 members of the Peoria street gang known as Bomb Squad for conspiracy to organize and operate the gang as a criminal enterprise that has plagued the Peoria community with gun violence for years. These violent acts included murder, attempted murder, arson, and drug trafficking. After presentation of seven weeks of evidence, the jury deliberated over a period of three days before returning the guilty verdicts this afternoon.

WICHITA, KAN. - A Wichita man was sentenced Monday to 70 months in federal prison for unlawful possession of firearms, U.S. Attorney Stephen McAllister said.

FORT WAYNE – Justin B. Nelson, age 26, of Plainfield, Indiana was sentenced before U.S. District Court Judge Damon R. Leichty for possession with intent to distribute fifty grams or more of methamphetamine, announced U.S. Attorney Kirsch.

Nelson was sentenced to 120 months in prison followed by 5 years of supervised release.

Ocala, Florida – Senior United States District Judge James D. Whittemore has sentenced Willie Lee Lewis (48, Ocala) to 10 years in federal prison for possessing a firearm as a convicted felon. Lewis had pleaded guilty on March 12, 2019.

Baltimore, Maryland – Two Baltimore men, Stewart Williams, age 35, and Kelvin McFadden, age 26, have pleaded guilty to a federal robbery charge in connection with a series of four robberies of video game stores committed over a 12-day period.  Williams and McFadden admitted that they brandished what appeared to be a firearm during each robbery.  Williams entered his plea on December 11, 2019, and McFadden entered his plea on October 1, 2019.

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – A Newport News couple has been sentenced to nearly 20 years in prison for their respective roles in manufacturing and trafficking narcotics in Hampton Roads.

According to court documents, Dynetta R. Littlejohn, 30, pleaded guilty earlier this year to possession with intent to distribute cocaine base and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, and was sentenced today to five years in prison.

SOUTH BEND - Ramon Lenoir, age 38, of South Bend, Indiana was sentenced before South Bend District Court Judge Damon R. Leichty for possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, announced United States Attorney Thomas L. Kirsch II.

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

Ocala, Florida – Senior United States District Judge James D. Whittemore has sentenced Anthony David Diehlman (41, Ocala) to six years and six months in federal prison for possessing a firearm as a convicted felon, possessing methamphetamine with the intent to distribute it, and possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime. Diehlman had pleaded guilty on July 9, 2019.

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

United States Attorney Erica H. MacDonald announced the unsealing of a federal indictment charging DEMETRICE DEVON MILLER, 29, with being a felon in possession of two firearms.1 On December 12, 2019, MILLER made his initial appearance before Magistrate Judge Katherine M. Menendez in U.S. District Court in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

1 Charges contained in an indictment are merely accusations, and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

LOS ANGELES – A Hemet man recently pleaded guilty to aiding and abetting a Highland woman in making false statements in acquisition of a firearm, a charge to which she pleaded guilty.

Efrain Pena, Jr., 38, and Michelle Velasquez, 35, are scheduled to be sentenced in March 2020. The offenses are punishable by up to 10 years in prison.

Tampa, Florida – United States Attorney Maria Chapa Lopez announces the unsealing of an indictment charging 11 individuals with federal drug trafficking offenses. Ahmad Rashad Weston, a/k/a “Blood,” (42, St. Petersburg); Charleston Shellie Long, a/k/a “Shellie,” (38, St. Petersburg); Shyron Deonta Givens, a/k/a “Ron,” (42, St. Petersburg); Charlie James McDuffy, Jr. (32, Clearwater); Teddy Terrell Strachan (38, Pembroke Pines); Ceveghnta Billvon Guyden, a/k/a “Chop,” (41, St. Petersburg); Quincy Alfonzo Turner, a/k/a “Chico,” (42, St.

INDIANAPOLIS – United States Attorney Josh J. Minkler announced today that Richard Bernard Grundy, III, 30, Indianapolis, was sentenced today in federal court, by U.S. District Chief Judge Jane Magnus-Stinson, to life in federal prison. Grundy was convicted of drug-trafficking and money laundering following a three-week jury trial in August of 2019.

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – A Jefferson City, Missouri, man has been convicted by a federal jury of providing false information in two unsuccessful attempts to purchase firearms.

Joshua Michael Lehman, 35, was found guilty on Monday, Dec. 9, of two counts of making false statements in a federal record provided to a licensed firearms dealer.

Montgomery, Alabama – On Thursday, December 5, 2019, Cyrus Phyfier, a 51-year-old resident of Montgomery, was sentenced to 360 months in prison for multiple drug and firearm related charges, announced United States Attorney Louis V. Franklin, Sr., ATF Special Agent in Charge Marcus Watson, DEA Assistant Special Agent in Charge Clay Morris, Secretary of the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency Hal Taylor, and Montgomery Police Chief Ernest Finley.

United States Attorney Richard W. Moore of the Southern District of Alabama announced that Timical Hall and Tyre J. Webster of Selma, Alabama, were sentenced in federal court for their roles in an armed carjacking.  In August 2019, Hall pleaded guilty to two charges—carjacking and brandishing a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence.  A week later, Webster pleaded guilty on two counts—carjacking and conspiring to commit carjacking.

Matthew D. Krueger, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Wisconsin, announced that on December 10, 2019, a federal grand jury returned an 18-count indictment against Maurice Tolbert (age 40) of Milwaukee and Richard Tolbert (age 36) of Chicago, charging them with a series of robberies of cell phone stores in Milwaukee and West Allis between April 27, 2019, and October 29, 2019. Further, Angel Price (age 29) of Milwaukee is charged with illegally purchasing and transferring firearms to a felon between March 11, 2019, and October 6, 2019.

On December 11, 2019,Wade Garrett McWhorter, 26, of Vandalia, Illinois, was sentenced to 64 months’ imprisonment for distributing methamphetamine and being a felon in possession of a firearm, United States Attorney, Steven D. Weinhoeft, announced today.

Harrisonburg, VIRGINIA – A Winchester man, who in January 2019 committed an armed robbery at Martin’s Food in Winchester, was sentenced yesterday in U.S. District Court in Harrisonburg to 138 months in prison after previously pleading guilty to a pair of related federal charges. United States Attorney Thomas T. Cullen and Special Agent in Charge for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives [ATF] Washington Field Division Ashan M. Benedict made the announcement today.

Tampa, Florida – A federal jury has found Felix Antequera Rivera, Jr. (33, Lakeland) guilty of possessing a firearm and ammunition as a convicted felon. He faces a minimum mandatory penalty of 15 years, and up to life, in federal prison. His sentencing hearing is scheduled for March 10, 2020. 

United States Attorney Erica H. MacDonald today announced a federal indictment charging RAIVON TREYSHAN BALENGER, 28, with being a felon in possession of a firearm. BALENGER will be arraigned on this charge beforeMagistrate Judge Elizabeth Cowan Wright in U.S. District Court at a later date.

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.

Brodhead Man Charged with Drug Crimes Involving Methamphetamine

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – A Jackson County man pled guilty to a firearm offense,  announced United States Attorney Mike Stuart.  James Evans, 19, of Ravenswood, pled guilty to stealing firearms from a licensed firearms dealer.

“Stolen firearms too often end up in the hands of those who commit violent crimes - risking law enforcement and the public,” said United States Attorney Mike Stuart. “24 firearms - the potential for harm was significant. Great work by the Ravenswood Police Department and ATF.”

United States Attorney Ron Parsons announced that Luke Joseph Burning Breast, age 36, of Mission, South Dakota, was found guilty of Felon in Possession of a Firearm as a result of a federal jury trial in Pierre, South Dakota. The verdict was returned on December 10, 2019.

The charge carries a maximum sentence of up to 10 years in 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.

CLARKSBURG, WEST VIRGINIA – Terrence D. Marsh, of Detroit, Michigan, was sentenced today to 295 months incarceration for drug distribution and firearms charges, U.S. Attorney Bill Powell announced.

Abingdon, VIRGINIA – A pair of men charged with distributing crystal methamphetamine were convicted by a jury in Abingdon earlier this week following a four-day jury trial, United States Attorney Thomas T. Cullen and Special Agent in Charge for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives [ATF] Washington Field Division Ashan M. Benedict announced today.

United States Attorney Ron Parsons announced that a Rapid City, South Dakota, man convicted of Conspiracy to Distribute a Controlled Substance was sentenced on December 6, 2019, by Chief Judge Jeffrey L. Viken.

Nicholas Perry, age 31, was sentenced to 11 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.

Charleston, W.Va. – Three defendants were sentenced to federal prison today for gun crimes, announced in United States Attorney Mike Stuart.   

“We are prosecuting record numbers of gun crimes aimed at keeping guns out of the wrong hands,” said United States Attorney Mike Stuart.  “If you violate federal gun laws, whether you are a prohibited person, a gun-toting drug dealer, you steal firearms or possess illegal weapons, we will prosecute you to the fullest extent of the law.”

A convicted domestic violence offender discovered with a firearm was sentenced last week to 10 years in federal prison, the statutory maximum sentence, following an investigation by the ATF Dallas Division, announced U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Texas Erin Nealy Cox.  

Desmond Greer, 26, pleaded guilty in March to possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – A federal jury convicted seven Newport News and Hampton men today on charges including racketeering conspiracy, murder, attempted murder, and drug trafficking.

United States Attorney Erica H. MacDonald today announced the sentencing of DWIGHT CADARIUS LABON, 32, to 94 months in prison for conspiring to possess with intent to distribute and to distribute heroin and illegally possessing firearms. LABON, who pleaded guilty on August 27, 2019, was sentenced on December 9, 2019, before Judge Eric C. Tostrud in U.S. District Court in St. Paul, Minnesota.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – A Belton, Missouri, man was sentenced in federal court today for illegally possessing a firearm after leading police officers on a vehicle pursuit that ended when he drove through residential yards and disabled his vehicle after striking several trees.

KANSAS CITY, KAN. - A Kansas City, Kan., who barricaded himself in an apartment when police responded to a call of a domestic disturbance, was sentenced today to 94 months in federal prison, U.S. Attorney Stephen McAllister said.

WILKES-BARRE - The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that Lee Crawford, age 58, formerly of Kingston, Pennsylvania, was sentenced on December 6, 2019, by Senior U.S. District Court Judge A. Richard Caputo, to 72 months’ imprisonment and four years on supervised release for cocaine trafficking.

According to United States Attorney David J. Freed, Crawford previously pleaded guilty in July 2019, for distributing cocaine to another individual in Luzerne County in 2013.

Baltimore, Maryland – Chief U.S. District Judge James K. Bredar sentenced Marlon Cruz-Flores, age 24, of Annapolis, Maryland, today to 38 years in federal prison, followed by five years of supervised release, for conspiracy to participate in a racketeering enterprise and for using, carrying, and discharging a firearm during a crime of violence, in connection with his MS-13 gang activities. 

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – A California man was sentenced today to 16 years in prison for supplying cocaine and other controlled substances to individuals in Virginia.

St. Louis –Joseph Reed, 21, of St. Louis, was sentenced to 110 months in prison for the crimes of sale of fentanyl, being a felon in possession of a firearm and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.  Reed appeared today in front of United States District Judge John A. Ross. 

ROCK ISLAND, Ill. - U.S. District Judge James E. Shadid today sentenced a Rock Island, Ill., man, Justin Michael Kellett, 36, to 15 years in prison for illegal possession of a firearm by a felon. Kellett was ordered to remain on supervised release for five years following his release from prison. Kellett has remained in the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service since his arrest in April 2019.

On July 21, 2019, Kellett, of Rock Island, Ill., plead guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm.

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – An Alexandria woman pleaded guilty today to a conspiracy to straw purchase 31 firearms.

A federal grand jury in Cleveland returned a three-count superseding indictment charging Christopher M. Wilson, age 43, of Akron, Ohio, with being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition, possessing with the intent to distribute methamphetamine, and possessing a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking crime.

Joseph P. Gray, Jr. was sentenced to 40 years in prison for leading a wide-ranging conspiracy to distribute heroin, fentanyl, fentanyl analogues, crack cocaine, and other drugs, as well as firearms offenses. 

CAMDEN, N.J. – A Camden County, New Jersey, man previously convicted of multiple felony offenses, including robbery, burglary, and aggravated assault, was indicted today for unlawful possession of a handgun and possessing fake law enforcement officer credentials, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced.

CHICAGO — A federal judge today sentenced a Chicago man to more than 16 years in prison for shooting an agent from the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives.

HOUSTON – Three Houston men have been sentenced for their participation in a rip crew, with the leader receiving a significant 30-year-term, announced U.S. Attorney Ryan Patrick. 

Mike Piedra, 36, pleaded guilty Aug. 9, 2018, while Efrain Delgado, 33, and Jesse Perez, 45, admitted their guilt March 5, 2018. The men acknowledged their roles in a conspiracy with intent to distribute cocaine and conspiracy to use, carry or possess a firearm during and in relation to a drug trafficking crime.

HAMMOND – Blake King, age 20, of Merrillville, Indiana, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Joseph Van Bokkelen upon his plea of guilty to robbery with a dangerous weapon of a person with custody of money of the United States, announced United States Attorney Thomas L. Kirsch, II.

SAVANNAH, GA:  A California man is facing a substantial prison sentence after pleading guilty to illegally possessing explosive materials.

Robert Christopher Bailey, 50, of Los Angeles, pled guilty in U.S. District Court to Possession of Explosive Materials as a Prohibited Person, said Bobby L. Christine, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Georgia.

The charge carries a penalty of up to 10 years in prison, followed by a period of supervised release. There is no parole in the federal system.

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

Tiffany Island, age 37, was sentenced on November 25, 2019, to 21 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 Richard W. Moore of the Southern District of Alabama announced that Christopher Rashawn Lewis, 28, of Selma, Alabama, was sentenced today in federal court for his illegal possession of firearms as a convicted felon.  Lewis, who has three prior felony convictions for illegal possession of controlled substances, was indicted for three separate instances where he was found in possession of firearms.  Lewis pled guilty to two of the counts in August of 2019.  

NASHVILLE, Tenn., – December 3, 2019 – Following a seven-week jury trial in U.S. District Court earlier this year, a federal jury convicted five members of the Gangster Disciples of multiple counts relating to a racketeering conspiracy and a drug distribution conspiracy, which plagued the Clarksville, Tennessee area with violence and murders for more than a decade, announced U.S. Attorney Don Cochran for the Middle District of Tennessee and Assistant Attorney General Brian A. Benczkowski of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division. 

Memphis, TN – Lorenzo Davis, 29, has been sentenced to 376 months in federal prison for armed bank robbery and carjacking. D. Michael Dunavant, United States Attorney announced the sentence today.

According to the information presented in court, on July 26, 2018, defendant Lorenzo Davis, 29, and two other males robbed a Memphis man at gunpoint. Davis then walked the victim two miles to an ATM machine and forced him to withdraw his last $40 at gunpoint. The next day, Lorenzo Davis committed a carjacking by shooting a Memphis man in the neck and taking his Toyota Solara.

United States Attorney Erica H. MacDonald today announced the sentencing of LENNIE DWAYNE BROOKS, 34, RANDY LORENZO BROOKS, 24, and AUTUMN MARIE NICHOLS, 21, to prison for their roles in a string of violent home invasion robberies. Senior Judge David S. Doty sentenced LENNIE BROOKS to 365 months in prison, RANDY BROOKS to 240 months in prison, and NICHOLS to 120 months in prison. On November 5, 2019, co-defendant ESPERANZA CARDENAS, 30, was sentenced to 50 months in prison.

NORFOLK, Va. – A Norfolk man was sentenced today to seven years in prison for possessing with intent to distribute cocaine, and possessing a firearm in furtherance of that drug crime. 

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 earlier warrants.  

United States Attorney Richard W. Moore of the Southern District of Alabama announced that Robert Lee Powell, II, 52, of Columbia, Tennessee, was sentenced today in federal court for being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm.  Powell pled guilty to the charge in August of 2019. 

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – A Lee’s Summit, Missouri, man who illegally purchased 15 firearms pleaded guilty in federal court today to illegally possessing firearms and to making a false statement on a federal form in order to purchase those firearms.

RICHMOND, Va. – A Glen Allen man was sentenced today to 104 months in prison for his role in a November 2017 armed robbery of a 7-Eleven in Richmond.

GRAND RAPIDS, MICHIGAN — Joseph James Shingola II, age 50, of Comstock Park pled guilty yesterday to being a prohibited person in possession of firearms. Shingola was involuntarily committed to a mental institution in 1988, which made him ineligible to possess firearms under federal law. He did not disclose the commitment in subsequent applications to purchase guns and carry them as a security guard.

KANSAS CITY, KAN. – A Kansas man whose auto windows were so darkly tinted that it gave police a reason to stop him was sentenced today to 10 years in federal prison on a drug trafficking charge, U.S. Attorney Stephen McAllister. 

NORFOLK, Va. – A Portsmouth man was sentenced today to 40 months in prison for being a felon in possession of a firearm and uttering counterfeit obligations.

HAMMOND-Darrick Vallodolid, 30, of Hobart, Indiana, and a member of the Chicago-based Latin Kings, was sentenced by Judge Simon to life in prison following his conviction at trial in May 2018 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.

HAMMOND- Several individuals were indicted separately as part of the new U.S. Department of Justice Project Guardian initiative, announced U.S. Attorney Thomas L. Kirsch II and ATF Chicago Field Division Assistant Special Agent in Charge Brendan Iber. 

The following individuals have been charged:

Caesar Gonzales, 23, of Hammond

            Possession of an unregistered machine gun and distribution of cocaine

Sonny Richards, 26, of Hammond

            Felon in possession of a firearm and distribution of cocaine

United States Attorney Richard W. Moore of the Southern District of Alabama, announces that Rayford D. Mitchell of Selma, Alabama was sentenced to federal prison on two charges—carjacking and brandishing a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence.  Mitchell pleaded guilty to the charges in July of 2019.

Baltimore, Maryland – U.S. District Judge Deborah K. Chasnaow today sentenced Ricky Sanabria, Jr., age 27, of Salisbury, Maryland, to five years in federal prison, followed by three years of supervised release, for possession of stolen firearms.  

FRESNO, Calif. — On November 22, 2019, federal authorities arrested Miguel Deniz, 29, of Farmersville, who is charged in a three-count indictment with possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, being a felon in possession of firearms, and possession of a machinegun, United States Attorney McGregor Scott announced. 

NEWARK, N.J. – A Morris County, New Jersey, man was sentenced today to 24 months in prison for being a felon in possession of guns, possessing bombs, and precursor materials, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced.

SAVANNAH, GA:  The investigation and prosecution dubbed Operation Vanilla Gorilla reached its ultimate milestone this week with the federal prison sentence of the final defendant, representing the wrap-up one year after indictments.

RICHMOND, Va. – A Richmond man was sentenced today to 10 years in prison for being a felon in possession of a firearm.

LOS ANGELES – A former employee of a marijuana distribution warehouse was found guilty by a jury today of federal criminal charges that he conspired with a corrupt Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department deputy to rob his former employer of $2 million dollars’ worth of marijuana and cash through an armed robbery staged to look like a legitimate law enforcement operation.

SAN DIEGO – Former San Diego County Sheriff’s Captain Marco Garmo was arrested this morning based on a federal grand jury indictment that charges him with operating an illegal firearms trafficking business – sometimes from his office at the Rancho San Diego Station with the help of others, including a fellow Sheriff’s deputy.

The indictment also charges Sheriff’s Department Lieutenant Fred Magana, prominent San Diego jeweler Leo Hamel, firearms dealer Giovanni Tilotta and El Cajon resident Waiel Anton with aiding and abetting Garmo’s illegal firearms business.

LAS VEGAS, Nev. – After a three-day trial, a federal jury found James Williams, Jr., 29, guilty of making a false statement during the purchase of a firearm, announced U.S. Attorney Nicholas A. Trutanich for the District of Nevada and Special Agent in Charge Ray Roundtree of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) for the San Francisco Field Division.

IRVINE, California – The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), working together with local law enforcement, arrested an Irvine man today for allegedly robbing two check cashing stores and attempting to rob two other such stores in Orange County in late August.

Raffik Silva Zafret, 28, was arrested on a federal criminal complaint and charged with robbery affecting interstate commerce. He is expected to make his initial appearance this afternoon in United States District Court in Santa Ana.

United States Attorney Erica H. MacDonald today announced a federal indictment charging DERWIN IDELL MOORE, 33, and KEVIN KAREEM WHITE, 36, with one count each of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.1 The defendants will be arraigned on November 26, 2019, before Magistrate Judge Becky R. Thorson in U.S. District Court in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Tampa, Florida – U.S. District Judge Mary S. Scriven has sentenced Christopher Brian Cosimano, a/k/a “Durty,” (31, Gibsonton) and Michael Dominick Mencher, a/k/a “Pumpkin,” (53, Tarpon Springs) to life in federal prison plus ten years, and life in prison plus five years, respectively, for conspiracy to commit murder in aid of racketeering, murder in aid of racketeering, and related firearms offenses.

United States Attorney Richard W. Moore of the Southern District of Alabama announced that Johnothan L. Lavender, 31, of Mobile, Alabama, was sentenced in federal court for discharging a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence. Lavender pleaded guilty to the charge in August of 2019.

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – A 37-year-old Corpus Christi resident who was involved in a shooting at a local convenience store has been sentenced following his conviction of unlawful ammunition possession, announced U.S. Attorney Ryan K. Patrick.

Billy Boortz, a member of the Homietos outlaw motorcycle gang and former member of the Mexican Mafia gang, pleaded guilty July 24.

United States Attorney Richard W. Moore of the Southern District of Alabama announced that a jury at the federal courthouse in Selma, Alabama convicted Jessie James Turner, Jr. of being a Felon in Possession of a Firearm, in violation of Title 18 USC Section 922 (g)(1), on November 14, 2019, after a three day trial. United States District Court Judge Terry F. Moorer presided over the trial. According to testimony at the trial, the case arose after Turner started firing through walls of his apartment and the Selma Police Department was called to the scene.

TRENTON, N.J. – Twenty defendants have been indicted on charges relating to the distribution of cocaine and crack cocaine in the Burlington County, New Jersey, area, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced today.

The defendants indicted today are among 31 people charged by complaint on Sept. 26, 2019. Charges remain pending against the other 11 defendants.

Anchorage, Alaska – U.S. Attorney Bryan Schroder announced that Anchorage brothers and repeat drug trafficking offenders Dwayne Dollison, Jr., 37, and Kenneth Martin Douglas, 35, were each sentenced to 15-year prison sentences by U.S. District Judge Sharon L. Gleason for a drug trafficking conspiracy involving firearms. Dollison was sentenced to an additional 7 months for violating the supervised release conditions of a previous drug trafficking offense.

Nicholas K. Murn, 26, Beloit, Wisconsin, is charged with five counts of armed robbery of businesses that were engaged in interstate commerce. The businesses were located in Rock County, Wisconsin. The indictment alleges that he robbed the following businesses:

1. Tex’s Grocery on Saint Lawrence Avenue in Beloit on October 17, 2019;

2. Casey’s General Store on South John Paul Road in Milton, Wisconsin, on October 23, 2019;

3. Stop N’ Go on East Milwaukee Street in Janesville, Wisconsin, on October 24, 2019;

DAVENPORT, Iowa - United States Attorney Marc Krickbaum announced on November 19, 2019, Jamie Allen Fulton, age 51, was sentenced by United States District Court Judge Stephanie M. Rose for Conspiracy to Deliver Methamphetamine and Felon in Possession of a Firearm. Fulton was sentenced to 72 months in prison, to be followed by a term of supervised release of four years. Fulton was also ordered to pay $200 to the Crime Victims’ Fund.

DAYTON – Ethan Kollie, 24, of Kettering, a friend of the Dayton mass shooter Connor Betts, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court today to illegally possessing firearms and lying on federal firearms form 4473.

As part of his guilty plea, Kollie acknowledged lying on a United States Bureau of Alcohol, Tabacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) Form 4473 when purchasing a micro Draco pistol, specifically while answering question 11e that asks, “Are you an unlawful user of, or addicted to, marijuana or any depressant, stimulant, narcotic drug, or any other controlled substance?”

William Draher, 71, was indicted on one count of engaging in the business of selling firearms without a license between January 2013 and July 2018.

If convicted, the defendant’s sentence will be determined by the Court after review of factors unique to this case, including the defendant’s prior criminal records, if any, the defendant’s role in the offense and the characteristics of the violation.  In all cases, the sentence will not exceed the statutory maximum and in most cases it will be less than the maximum.

INDIANAPOLIS – United States Attorney Josh J. Minkler announced today that Iva Patrick, 30, of Indianapolis, was indicted by a grand jury for charges of unlawfully providing false information in connection with a purchase of a firearm.

Orlando, Florida – A federal jury has found Rondre Antwan Powell (32, Orlando) guilty of possessing a firearm as a convicted felon. He faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in federal prison. His sentencing hearing is scheduled for February 19, 2020.

A grand jury had returned a superseding indictment on July 17, 2019.

SOUTH BEND - Eric Logan Jr., age 35, of South Bend, Indiana was sentenced before South Bend District Court Judge Jon E. DeGuilio for felon in possession of one or more firearms, announced United States Attorney Thomas L. Kirsch, II.

Mr. Logan was sentenced to 63 months in prison followed by 1 year of supervised release. 

COLUMBUS, Ohio – One of 19 defendants charged in a gang-related racketeering conspiracy was sentenced in U.S. District Court today to 240 months in prison.

Steve Henderson, Jr., 25, of Columbus, shot and attempted to murder rival Milo Bloods gang members in June 2014. He also opened fire on an individual after a dispute involving stolen narcotics in April 2015.

Henderson and others were indicted in September 2018 and charged in a racketeering conspiracy that includes five murders, multiple attempted murders and other violent and drug-trafficking crimes.

Two Cleveland men were each sentenced this week to more than 33 years in federal prison, followed by three years of supervised release, for multiple armed robberies of MetroPCS stores in the Cleveland area. 

LOS ANGELES – Two Gardena Police officers were found guilty by a jury today of federal criminal charges for scheming to purchase “off-roster” firearms not available to the general public and then illegally reselling the firearms for profit. 

LOS ANGELES – A Whittier man has been arrested on a federal criminal complaint charging him with illegal possession of machine guns today.

CINCINNATI – A federal grand jury has charged 37 individuals with crimes related to narcotics and money laundering conspiracies in an indictment that was unsealed here today.

Those charged include 22 local individuals. Law enforcement agents arrested all 36 defendants late last week and over the weekend.

WICHITA, KAN. – A convicted felon who was arrested with firearms and drugs after fleeing from Salina police was sentenced today to 20 years in federal prison, U.S. Attorney Stephen McAllister said. 

HAMMOND-Luis Allen Perez, 29, of East Chicago, Indiana, was sentenced by United States District Court Judge Philip  Simon to 300 months imprisonment and three years of supervised release following his guilty plea to conspiracy to commit racketeering activity as a member of the Imperial Gangsters, providing firearms to a felon, possession with intent to distribute marijuana, and carrying a firearm during and in relation to a drug trafficking crime, announced U.S. Attorney Kirsch.    

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – A Kansas City, Missouri, man who was involved in a fatal shooting during a drug deal was sentenced in federal court today for drug trafficking and illegally possessing a firearm.

Orval L. Johnson, 26, was sentenced by U.S. Chief District Judge Beth Phillips to 10 in federal prison without parole.

Indianapolis – United States Attorney Josh J. Minkler announced today that Michael O’Bannon, 35, Michael Jones, 37, Jason Reed, 50, and Shaun Myers, 37, all from Kokomo, Indiana, were convicted on drug trafficking, firearms charges and money laundering, following a three-week jury trial, in the federal court in Indianapolis, before U.S. District Judge James R. Sweeney II.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – U.S. Attorney Andrew Murray announced today that Quinton Oshumond Littlejohn, 31, of Charlotte, was sentenced to 135 months in prison, followed by four years of supervised release on drug and gun charges. U.S. District Judge Robert J. Conrad Jr. presided over the hearing.

Vincent C. Pallozzi, Special Agent in Charge of the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), Charlotte Field Division, and Chief Kerr Putney of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department (CMPD), join U.S. Attorney Murray in making today’s announcement.

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Jeffery Scott West Jr., 39, of Frankfort, was sentenced on Friday, to 108 months in federal prison by United States District Judge Gregory F. Van Tatenhove. West had previously plead guilty to one count of being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – A Shawnee, Kansas, man was sentenced in federal court today for illegally possessing a firearm and possessing cocaine.

Anthony Whitehead, 32, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Greg Kays to 13 years in federal prison without parole. The court also ordered Whitehead to pay a $5,000 fine.

Whitehead was found guilty at trial on June 19, 2019, of one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm and one count of possessing a controlled substance.

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

TRENTON, N.J. – Two Trenton men have been sentenced to prison for their roles in a violent drug trafficking conspiracy that allegedly distributed more than one kilogram of heroin in Trenton and the surrounding area, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced today.

MARQUETTE, MICHIGAN - United States Attorney Andrew Birge announced today that eight defendants have been sentenced to prison for their respective roles in dealing crystal methamphetamine in the Western Upper Peninsula:

NORFOLK, Va. – A Portsmouth woman pleaded guilty today to being an illegal drug user in possession of a firearm.

According to court documents, Jaclyn Amanda Inge, 40, purchased two handguns from federally licensed gun dealers at gun shows. Before buying the guns, Inge completed a form 4473, and checked the box indicating that she was not addicted to drugs or a drug user, when in fact, as several witnesses would testify, she has used marijuana daily for more than a decade. And she illegally possessed those guns while being a drug user.

A Greenville man who made $50 from his crimes will repay each dollar with a month in prison. Aeron Michael Davis, 28, has been sentenced to 50 months imprisonment and three years of supervised release for methamphetamine distribution and for being a felon in possession of a firearm.

SAN FRANCISCO – Officials from over a dozen law enforcement agencies arrested and charged more than two dozen defendants with a variety of state and federal crimes pursuant to a joint federal-state effort to combat crime in South Bay counties, announced U.S. Attorney David L. Anderson and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) San Francisco Field Division Special Agent in Charge Rayfield Roundtree.

HAMMOND-Lajuan Fitzpatrick, 38, of Lake Station, Indiana, was convicted after a four-day jury trial before U.S. District Court Judge Philip P. Simon of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute marijuana and discharging a firearm causing death during this drug trafficking crime, announced U.S. Attorney Kirsch.    

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – A new illegal firearms initiative announced today, Project Guardian-DMV, is designed to reduce violent crime and further enforce federal firearms laws across the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia (DMV).

The new initiative builds on the Justice Department’s national effort, Project Guardian, announced by Attorney General William P. Barr on Wednesday.

ATLANTA – William Gerard Brown, a five-time convicted felon, has been sentenced for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

“Repeat offenders in possession of firearms pose grave risks to our community,” said U.S. Attorney Byung J. “BJay” Pak.  “Brown has repeatedly ignored the law and will now have to face the consequences of his actions.” 

“ATF considers the Atlanta Police Department a critical partner in its long-term mission of removing criminals from our communities,” said ATF Assistant Special Agent in Charge (ASAC) Beau Kolodka.  

FORT WAYNE – Julian Hall Hurnes, age 30, of Chicago, Illinois was sentenced before U.S. District Court Judge Holly A. Brady for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, announced U.S. Attorney Kirsch.

Hurnes was sentenced to 65 months in prison followed by 3 years of supervised release.

FORT WAYNE – Varnell Coe, age 28, of Fort Wayne, Indiana was sentenced before U.S. District Court Judge Holly A. Brady upon his plea of guilty to maintaining a drug involved premises, announced U.S. Attorney Kirsch.

Coe was sentenced to 117 months in prison followed by 2 years of supervised release.

DAYTON – Three local men previously charged by criminal complaint in connection to the shooting death of Dayton Police Detective and DEA Task Force Officer Jorge Del Rio have now been indicted by a federal grand jury.

Tampa, Florida – United States Attorney Maria Chapa Lopez announces the return of a superseding indictment charging Romen Rafael Perez (47, Sarasota), Pedro Perez-Garcia (51, Sarasota), and Juan Miguel Martinez-Garcia (33, Sarasota) with conspiracy, making a false statement to a firearms dealer, delivery of firearms to a common carrier for shipment in foreign commerce without written notice, and smuggling goods from the United States.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Today, Attorney General William P. Barr announced the launch of Project Guardian, a new initiative designed to reduce gun violence and enforce federal firearms laws across the country. Specifically, Project Guardian focuses on investigating, prosecuting, and preventing gun crimes.

MIAMI - Ariana Fajardo Orshan, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Florida and Ari C. Shapira, Special Agent in Charge of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), Miami Field Division announced that Bill K. Kapri, a/k/a “Kodak Black,” a/k/a “Dieuson Octave,” 22, of Pompano Beach, Florida, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Federico A. Moreno to 46 months in prison, to be followed by 3 years of supervised release (Case No. 19-cr-20273).

DAYTON – A Butler County man has been charged with lying on ATF forms to illegally purchase the firearm used in killing Dayton Police Detective and DEA Task Force Officer Jorge DelRio on Nov. 4 during the execution of a search warrant on Ruskin Road in Dayton.

Delano Wells, 50, of Trenton, was charged by criminal complaint on Nov. 5 with making false statements on a federal firearms form.

According to court documents, three firearms were recovered from the scene on Ruskin Road on Nov. 4: two pistols with extended magazines and an AR-style weapon.

FORT WAYNE – William McCloud, age 69, of Fort Wayne, Indiana was sentenced before U.S. District Court Judge Holly A. Brady upon his plea of guilty to possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine and possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, announced U.S. Attorney Kirsch.

 McCloud was sentenced to 120 months in prison followed by 4 years of supervised release.

FORT WAYNE – Brandon J. Britt, age 33, of Fort Wayne, Indiana was sentenced before U.S. District Court Judge Holly A. Brady for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, announced U.S. Attorney Kirsch.

Britt was sentenced to 84 months in prison followed by 3 years of supervised release.

KANSAS CITY, KAN. – Kansas will join a nationwide drive to keep guns out of the hands of domestic violence offenders, convicted felons and people with serious mental problems, U.S. Attorney Stephen McAllister said today.

RICHMOND, Va. – A Henrico man was sentenced today to over twelve months in prison for making false statements when acquiring firearms and possession with the intent to distribute marijuana.

BATON ROUGE, LA – United States Attorney Brandon J. Fremin announced today that U.S. District Judge John W. deGravelles sentenced Delvin Fountain, age 30, of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, to 180 months in federal prison following his conviction of possessing a firearm by a convicted felon. The Court further sentenced Fountain to 5 years of supervised release following his term of imprisonment and ordered that the firearm involved be forfeited.

Tampa, Florida – A federal jury has found Danyel Megal Black (39, Bradenton) guilty of possessing a firearm and ammunition as a convicted felon and possessing cocaine. Black faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 15 years, and up to life, in federal prison. His sentencing hearing is pending.

Black was indicted on August 27, 2019.

DAYTON – The man previously charged with assaulting a law enforcement officer engaged in a federal investigation on Nov. 4 has now been charged with intentionally killing a law enforcement officer aiding a federal criminal investigation and causing death through the use of a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence or drug trafficking crime. The new charges are punishable by imprisonment up to life and by death.

United States Attorney Erica H. MacDonald today announced a federal indictment charging SHELBY GENE BOSWELL, 28, a convicted felon, with possessing and discharging a firearm in a school zone.[1] BOSWELL will make his initial appearance today at 2:00 pm before Magistrate Judge Elizabeth Cowan Wright in U.S. District Court in St. Paul, Minnesota.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – November 8, 2019 – Kedrick Ross, 27, of Nashville, was indicted Wednesday by a federal grand jury and charged with drug distribution and firearms offenses, announced Don Cochran, U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Tennessee.  

FORT WAYNE – Floyd Thomas, 41, of Indianapolis, Indiana, was sentenced before U.S. District Court Judge Damon R. Leichty, on his plea of guilty to conspiring to possess with intent to distribute more than 5 kilograms of cocaine and possessing a firearm in furtherance of a Drug Trafficking Crime, announced U.S. Attorney Thomas L. Kirsch II. 

Thomas was sentenced to 252 months in prison and 5 years of supervised release.

RICHMOND, Va. – A Farmville man was sentenced yesterday to nearly eight years in prison for the illegal possession of 40 firearms and 23,000 rounds of ammunition by an unlawful user of controlled substances.

CHICAGO — A federal judge today sentenced a Chicago man to 15 years in prison for robbing suburban retail stores at gunpoint.

REGINALD TAYLOR, 53, committed three armed robberies and one attempted armed robbery in the fall of 2012.  Taylor terrorized store employees by brandishing a handgun and threatening to shoot them if they did not comply with his demands.  In one of the heists, Taylor physically restrained store employees with their shoelaces.  The robberies netted him more than $54,000 in cash and hundreds of cell phones.

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – A Columbia, Missouri, man who was arrested after crashing his car in a high-speed chase pleaded guilty in federal court today to illegally possessing firearms.

James Earl Sanders Jr., 31, pleaded guilty before U.S. Magistrate Judge Willie J. Epps Jr. to two counts of being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Sanders was arrested on two separate occasions – once, while riding a stolen scooter, and again, following a pursuit by police officers that ended when he crashed into a tree. On both occasions, Sanders was illegally in possession of a firearm.

Dwyon Moore was sentenced to 322 months in prison, followed by five years of supervised release, for the armed robberies of five separate businesses in Cleveland, Ohio. 

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Aaron Lee Patrick, 30, of Loomis, was sentenced today to five years and 11 months in prison by U.S. District Judge Troy L. Nunley for crashing a truck into a gun store and stealing at least five guns, U.S. Attorney McGregor W. Scott announced.

John H. Durham, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, today announced that SHANNON WICKER, also known as “Bishop,” 33, of New Haven, was arrested yesterday on a federal criminal complaint charging him with narcotics and firearm offenses.

Ocala, Florida – United States Attorney Maria Chapa Lopez announces the arrest of Nicholas Allen Groves (35, Ocala) on a criminal complaint charging him with possession of a firearm affecting commerce by a convicted felon. If convicted, Groves faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in federal prison.

HAMMOND- Royal Ward, 35, of Robbins, Illinois, was sentenced before District Court Judge Philip P. Simon following his plea of guilty to possessing a firearm as a previously convicted felon, announced U.S. Attorney Kirsch.

Ward received a sentence of 57 months in prison followed by 1 year of supervised release.

According to documents filed in this case, on July 8, 2018, in Merrillville, Indiana, Ward was arrested in possession of a nine millimeter firearm. Ward was previously convicted of the felony offense of aggravated battery on a government official.

This afternoon, and at my request, I met with St. Paul Police Chief Todd Axtell along with the top leaders of federal, state and local law enforcement agencies to discuss the pressing gun-violence issue in St. Paul. All agencies present, including the FBI, ATF, U.S. Marshals, BCA, and Ramsey County Sheriff’s Office offered their full support and dedicated resources to address the problem. It was the unanimous consensus of the group that reducing violent crime requires more than just enforcement, it also requires plans for treatment and prevention.

 

TALLAHASSEE, FLORIDA – Mary E. Forehand, 40, of Tallahassee, Florida, has been sentenced to serve 15 years in federal prison for possession with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine, possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, and possession of a firearm and ammunition by a convicted felon. The sentence was announced by Lawrence Keefe, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Florida.

BOSTON – A Worcester man pleaded guilty today in federal court in Worcester to being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Leroy Byron, 34, pleaded guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm before U.S. District Court Judge Timothy S. Hillman who scheduled sentencing for Feb. 6, 2020. Byron was charged by criminal complaint in November 2018.

Indianapolis – United States Attorney Josh J. Minkler announced today that Larry Patton, 28, Indianapolis, Indiana, was indicted on charges of unlawful possession of a firearm by a convicted felon following an investigation conducted by the Crime Gun Intelligence Center (CGIC).

“As part of the Attorney General’s top Department of Justice priorities, we will continue to utilize CGIC to identify and prosecute those individuals illegally in possession of firearms,” said Minkler.

Jackson, Miss. – Mitchell Dewayne May, Jr., 28, of Hattiesburg, was sentenced yesterday by Senior U.S. District Judge Keith Starrett to 60 months in federal prison, followed by three years of supervised release and a $3000 fine, for being a felon in possession of a firearm, announced U.S. Attorney Mike Hurst and Special Agent in Charge Kurt Thielhorn with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

COLUMBUS, Ga. —The defendants involved in an online illegal gun purchase scheme targeting a Columbus firearms store have been sentenced for their crimes, said Charles “Charlie” Peeler, the U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Georgia. U.S. District Judge Clay Land handed down the sentences on November 5, 2019.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Two years ago, the Department of Justice announced the revitalization and enhancement of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), the centerpiece of the department’s violent crime reduction strategy.

Florence, South Carolina ---- United States Attorney Sherri A. Lydon announced today that Eron Jordan, 28, of Conway, was sentenced to 12 years in federal prison after pleading guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm and possession with intent to distribute controlled substances.

PROVIDENCE – A Pawtucket couple allegedly found to be in possession of significant quantities of fentanyl, cash, and drug packaging materials were indicted by a federal grand jury today on drug trafficking charges, announced United States Attorney Aaron L. Weisman and Pawtucket Police Chief Tina Goncalves.

HOUSTON - A federal judge has sentenced a 25-year-old Houston resident to 19  years in prison following his convictions for meth distribution and possessing a firearm in furtherance of a narcotics conspiracy, announced U.S. Attorney Ryan K. Patrick along with Special Agent in Charge Fred Milanowski of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and Regional Director Jason Taylor of Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) - Criminal Investigations Division.

Tampa, Florida – Today, following a three week trial, a federal jury found Jordan Rodriguez (Bradenton, 26), Andrew Thompson, a/k/a “Nico,” (Bradenton, 25), and Alfonzo Churchwell (Bradenton, 32) guilty of multiple charges, including racketeering conspiracy, drug conspiracy, murder conspiracy, drug and firearms offenses, and four murders. See the summary chart below for a list of charges and related penalties.

Baltimore, Maryland – U.S. District Judge Catherine C.

DAYTON – A local man has been charged federally with assaulting a law enforcement officer engaged in a federal investigation with a deadly weapon. The charge is a result of a shooting that took place during the execution of a federal search warrant during the evening of Nov. 4. Two others have also been charged in a drug conspiracy.

NORFOLK, Va. – A New Jersey man was sentenced today to 34 months in prison for conspiring to purchase firearms in Virginia and traffic them to New Jersey for resale on the streets.

SAN DIEGO – Daniel Hector Mackinnon was sentenced in federal court today to seven years in prison for committing two politically-motivated arsons, including one that endangered the lives of children.

During today’s hearing, U.S. District Judge William Q. Hayes described Mackinnon’s conduct as “cold blooded and cowardly” and expressed concern that Mackinnon is a danger to the community. “In light of what you did, I think every day is warranted,” Judge Hayes told the defendant, referring to the length of the sentence.

Ariana Fajardo Orshan, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, Ari C. Shapira, Special Agent in Charge, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), Miami Field Office, Gregory Tony, Sheriff, Broward Sheriff’s Office (BSO), and Anthony W. Rosa, Chief, Sunrise Police Department, announced that Dwight Courtney Grinion, 25, of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge William P.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – November 4, 2019 – Justin Jerome Jones, 31, of Nashville, Tennessee, pleaded guilty today in U.S. District Court to three counts of being a convicted felon in possession of firearms, announced U.S. Attorney Don Cochran for the Middle District of Tennessee.  

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