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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.  

RALEIGH – United States Attorney Robert J. Higdon, Jr. announced that in federal court, United States District Judge James C. Dever III sentenced MARQUIS BERNARD MALLOY, 29, of Fayetteville, North Carolina, to 180 months’ imprisonment, followed by a 3 year term of supervised released.

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – The former city clerk in Everton, Missouri, has pleaded guilty to her role in a money-laundering conspiracy related to methamphetamine trafficking.

Kristy A. Conn, 35, of Everton, waived her right to a grand jury and pleaded guilty before U.S. Magistrate Judge David P. Rush on Friday, Nov. 1, to a federal information that charges her with conspiracy to commit money laundering.

Jacksonville, Florida – U.S. District Judge Marcia Morales Howard today sentenced Richard Earl Carroll (55, Hilliard) to 10 years in federal prison for conspiring to distribute 500 grams or more of methamphetamine. 

Carroll had pleaded guilty on July 26, 2019.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Donovan Young, 22, of Albuquerque, N.M, pleaded guilty this morning in federal court to a felony information charging him with using, carrying and brandishing a firearm during a crime of violence. In entering the guilty plea, Young admitted brandishing a firearm while committing a carjacking on Nov. 2, 2018, in Albuquerque.

Baltimore, Maryland – A federal jury convicted Juan Carlos Sandoval-Rodriguez, a/k/a “Picaro,” “El Pastor,” and “Gasper,” age 21, of Annapolis, Maryland, of murder in aid of racketeering, and conspiracy to commit murder in aid of racketeering, in connection with his participation in the activities of La Mara Salvatrucha, or MS-13.  The verdict was returned late on October 31, 2019.

ALBANY, Ga. – A felon with a conviction from the Middle District of Pennsylvania entered a guilty plea to an illegal firearms charge this week after being found with a stolen gun and other firearms in the Middle District of Georgia, said Charles “Charlie” Peeler, the U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Georgia. Anthony Rodriguez, 33, of Valdosta, Georgia, entered a guilty plea for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon before U.S. District Court Judge Louis Sands on October 29, 2019.

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – A Woodbridge couple has pleaded guilty to illegally trafficking at least 26 firearms.

According to court documents, Cornelius Maurice King. Jr., 25, and Yeakain Yabu Koroma, 26, worked together to buy dozens of firearms and then resell them to third parties to turn a profit. In total, between January and June 2018, King and Koroma resold 26 firearms. Neither King nor Koroma were licensed to sell firearms.

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

LONDON, Ky. — Scott Patterson, 43, of Lily, Kentucky, was sentenced Friday to 140 months in federal prison, by United States District Court Judge Robert E. Wier, for conspiracy to traffic drugs and possessing a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – United States District Judge David J. Hale has sentenced Elijah Eubanks to 119 months in federal prison to run concurrent with Jefferson County Circuit Court Case No 18-CR-1201, and three years of supervised release for being a felon in possession of a firearm, announced United States Attorney Russell Coleman.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – United States District Judge David J. Hale has sentenced Elijah Eubanks to 119 months in federal prison to run concurrent with Jefferson County Circuit Court Case No 18-CR-1201, and three years of supervised release for being a felon in possession of a firearm, announced United States Attorney Russell Coleman.

United States Attorney Erica H. MacDonald today announced the sentencing of HAKEEM MALIK DONTAE FLAX, a/k/a “Keem,” 33, to 220 months in prison for crimes related to violent gang activity, including conspiracy, distribution of heroin, and firearms violations.FLAX, who was convicted by a federal jury on February 14, 2019, was sentenced earlier today before Judge Wilhelmina M. Wright in U.S. District Court in St. Paul, Minnesota.

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – A federal judge today sentenced an Athens man to 57 months in prison for being a felon in possession of a firearm, announced United States Attorney Jay E. Town and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Special Agent in Charge Marcus Watson. 

FORT WAYNE – Jeffrey Gaunt, age 62, of Auburn, Indiana was sentenced before U.S. District Court Judge Holly A. Brady upon his plea of guilty to manufacturing over 100 marijuana plants, announced U.S. Attorney Kirsch.

Gaunt was sentenced to 60 months in prison followed by 4 years of supervised release.

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Two Corpus Christi men have been ordered to federal prison after admitting to robbery and brandishing a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence, announced U.S. Attorney Ryan K. Patrick.


Corey Alexander Newman, 26, pleaded guilty Jan. 31, while Francisco Chavera, 22, pleaded guilty July 8. Both admitted to their participation in a robbery at the Texas Food Mart in the 6100 block of Williams Aug. 5, 2018, along with Matthew Joseph Bryant, 25, and Nathealle Avori Tyrell Jones, 22, both of Corpus Christi.

FORT WAYNE – Francisco L. Mendez, age 39, of Fort Wayne, Indiana was sentenced before U.S. District Court Judge Damon Leichty upon his plea of guilty to distribution of methamphetamine and possessing a firearm as a convicted felon, announced U.S. Attorney Kirsch.

Mendez was sentenced to 121 months in prison followed by 4 years of supervised release.

FRANKFORT, Ky.— Kian T. Christopher, of Frankfort, was sentenced to 64 months in federal prison on Thursday, by United States Federal Judge Gregory F. VanTatenhove, after pleading guilty to being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm.

FORT WAYNE – Mauricio Ramirez, age 25, 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 methamphetamine, announced U.S. Attorney Kirsch.

TRENTON, N.J. – A former resident of Monmouth County, New Jersey, was indicted today on charges that he made threatening telephone and email communications to elected state officials, judges, law enforcement officers, and attorneys, and phoned in false bomb threats to local and state government offices, a police department, two law firms and a commercial establishment, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced today.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. October 31, 2019 – Kevin Mark Paul, 36, of Nashville, was sentenced yesterday in U.S. District Court to 15 years in prison for being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm, announced U.S. Attorney Don Cochran for the Middle District of Tennessee. 

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A federal grand jury returned a one-count indictment today against Brian Scheckla, 61, of Burney, charging him with unlawful dealing in firearms, U.S. Attorney McGregor W. Scott announced.

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Two more southern Missouri women pleaded guilty in federal court today to their roles in a conspiracy to distribute large amounts of methamphetamine in Springfield, Missouri.

Cassidy R. Clayton, 24, of Springfield, and Ginger L. Huerta, also known as Ginger L. Gray, 39, of Halfway, Missouri, pleaded guilty today in separate appearances before U.S. Magistrate Judge David P. Rush to participating in the drug-trafficking conspiracy from Nov. 22, 2016, to Sept. 26, 2018. Clayton and Huerta each also pleaded guilty to participating in a money-laundering conspiracy.

SAN DIEGO – 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. PSN is an evidence-based program proven effective at reducing violent crime. Through PSN, a broad spectrum of stakeholders work together to identify the most pressing violent crime problems in the community and develop comprehensive solutions to address them.

MADISON, WIS. - Scott C. Blader, United States Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin, announced that Mikael Matthews, 24, Madison, Wisconsin, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge William M. Conley to two years in federal prison for unlawfully possessing methamphetamine with intent to distribute. Matthews pleaded guilty to this charge on August 12, 2019. His prison term will be followed by a three-year period of supervised release.

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – A Connecticut man pleaded guilty today to bringing more than a kilogram of cocaine into Virginia for local redistribution.

DAYTON – Michael J. Blair, 21, of Dayton, was sentenced in U.S. District Court to 51 months in prison for possessing a firearm after being convicted of a felony crime.

Benjamin C. Glassman, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio, Dayton Police Chief Richard S. Biehl, Joseph M. Deters, Acting Special Agent in Charge, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Cincinnati Division announced the sentence handed down Oct. 29 by Senior U.S. District Judge Thomas M. Rose.

FORT WAYNE – Odonis Parker, age 29, was found guilty of being a felon in possession of a firearm in a 2-day jury trial before U.S. District Court Judge Damon Leichty, announced U.S. Attorney Kirsch.

According to documents in this case, Mr. Parker was in possession of a firearm on May 26, 2019 after being a twice convicted felon in Allen County Superior Court. His prior felonies were for Robbery and Theft on separate occasions.

Greenbelt, Maryland – U.S. District Judge George J. Hazel today sentenced Josue Balbino Ruiz-Reyes, age 25, of Adelphi, Maryland, to 15 years in federal prison, followed by five years of supervised release, for conspiracy to distribute and to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamines and for using, carrying, brandishing, and discharging a firearm in connection with a drug trafficking offense. 

In Midland today, U.S. District Judge David Counts sentenced 28-year-old Christopher Chase Mojica to 57 months in federal prison followed by three years of supervised release for stealing firearms from a pawn shop in Odessa and for being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm, stated U.S. Attorney John F. Bash; Special Agent in Charge Jeffrey C. Boshek, II, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), Dallas Field Division; and, Odessa Police Chief Michael Gerke.

Baltimore, Maryland – A federal jury convicted Demetrios Stavrakis, a/k/a Jimmy, age 53, of Lutherville-Timonium, Maryland, for an arson conspiracy to damage his business by setting it on fire in order to obtain insurance proceeds.  The verdict was returned late on October 28, 2019.

United States Attorney Ron Parsons announced that an Aurora, Colorado, man convicted by virtue of guilty pleas to Conspiracy to Distribute a Controlled Substance and Brandishing a Firearm During and In Relation to a Drug Trafficking Crime was sentenced on October 28, 2019, Chief Judge Jeffrey L. Viken, U.S. District Court.

Dana Gene Faulkner, age 41, was sentenced to 25 years in prison, followed by 5 years of supervised release, and a $200 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund. 

United States Attorney Erica H. MacDonald today announced the conviction of TEVIN JAY MAURSTAD, 24, on six counts of drug trafficking and firearm charges. Following a two-day bench trial before Judge Susan Richard Nelson in U.S. District Court in St. Paul, Minnesota, MAURSTAD was found guilty of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine, possession with intent to distribute controlled substances, possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, felon in possession of a firearm, and felon in possession of ammunition. Sentencing will be scheduled on a later date.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – October 28, 2019 – Four Nashville men received lengthy prison sentences last week for a series of violent crimes connected to investigations in or near the J.C. Napier and Tony Sudekum public housing developments, announced U.S. Attorney Don Cochran for the Middle District of Tennessee. 

United States Attorney Erica H. MacDonald announced the sentencing of MICHAEL CORTEZ REED, 27, to 110 months in prison for the violent attempted robbery of a Walgreens pharmacy, as well as drug-trafficking and firearms violations. REED, who pleaded guilty to five felony counts on June 21, 2019, was sentenced today before Senior Judge David S. Doty in U.S. District Court in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

WASHINGTON— The Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Statistics today released Local Police Departments, 2016: Personnel, which provides statistics on the sworn and civilian personnel of the approximately 12,300 local police departments in the U.S.; Sheriffs’ Offices, 2016: Personnel, which provides statistics on the sworn and civilian personnel of the approximately 3,000 sheriffs’ offices in the U.S.; and Federal Law Enforcement Officers, 2016 – Statistical Tables, which provides statistics on federal law enforcement officers employed by 83 federal agencies in the U.S.

The COPS Office is pleased to release the following new publications as we meet with public safety professionals at the International Association of Chiefs of Police's 126th Annual Conference and Exposition in Chicago, IL.

In September 2019, the Chicago Police Memorial Foundation provided $33,700 in assistance including:

$10,600 in Education assistance

$5,000 in Non-line of Duty Death assistance

$15,100 in Police Officers in Need assistance

$2,100 in Gold Star Families Memorial & Park Maintenance

In addition, the Chicago Police Memorial Foundation provided assistance to Gold Star Families, CPD Survivors and Widows of CPD Officers killed in line of duty.

Total assistance given to date in 2019: $550,800

WASHINGTON – The Drug Enforcement Administration today announced proposed regulations to improve DEA’s ability to oversee the production of dangerous drugs at the height of the national opioid crisis. This proposed regulation would further limit excess quantities of medications that might be vulnerable to diversion for illicit distribution and use.

The COPS Office is pleased to invite you to participate in the sixth annual “Community Policing in Action” Photo Contest. This widely anticipated contest launched in 2014 as a way to provide law enforcement agencies the opportunity to share photos of positive interactions with the communities they serve.
All state, local, territorial and tribal law enforcement agencies are invited to submit a photo that captures a spirited community policing moment for the opportunity to be featured on the COPS Office website, and its Twitter and Facebook headers, for one month during the 2020 calendar year. Each winning law enforcement agency may also be featured in the COPS Office e-newsletter, the Community Policing Dispatch, and/or a COPS Office issued press release.

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

Jacksonville, FL – U.S. District Judge Brian J. Davis has sentenced Richard Leroy Douglas (25, Jacksonville) to 41 months in federal prison for possessing a firearm as a convicted felon.

Tampa, Florida – U.S. District Judge Susan C. Bucklew has sentenced Gerard Graves (27, Clearwater) to seven years in federal prison for unlawful possession of firearms in a school zone.

Graves had pleaded guilty on July 19, 2019.

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – A Greenfield, Missouri, man who crashed his motorcycle into another vehicle during a police chase was sentenced in federal court today for possessing methamphetamine to distribute and illegally possessing a firearm.

Chad R. Weis, 32, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Roseann Ketchmark to 25 years in federal prison without parole.

On April 10, 2019, Weis pleaded guilty to possessing methamphetamine with the intent to distribute and to possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug-trafficking crime.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – A Kansas City, Missouri, man was sentenced in federal court today for illegally possessing the firearm he allegedly used to shoot and kill another person.

Dionandre Ganter, 31, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Stephen R. Bough to 15 years in federal prison without parole, which is the maximum penalty that can be imposed under the law.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Two Kansas City, Kansas, men were sentenced in federal court today for a violent, hours-long crime spree in which they kidnapped, robbed, and terrorized three women. 

Seattle – A 34-year-old Auburn, Washington man with a lengthy and violent criminal history was sentenced today to 17.5 years in prison for the June 28, 2016 shooting and wounding a law enforcement officer trying to arrest him.  RANDY LEE HALL shot a Department of Corrections officer who was working on a federal task force that linked HALL to a dangerous drive-by shooting in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood.  At the sentencing hearing, Chief U.S. District Judge Ricardo S.

United States Attorney Ron Parsons announced that a Rosebud, South Dakota, man has been indicted by a federal grand jury for Possession of a Firearm by a Prohibited Person and False Statements During Purchase of a Firearm.

John Larvie, age 29, was indicted on October 16, 2019. He appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark A. Moreno on October 24, 2019, and pled not guilty to the Indictment.

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – A Maryland man was sentenced today to 15 months in prison for making false statements to acquire firearms. 

BIRMINGHAM –A federal judge today sentenced a Talladega man to 41months in prison for making a straw purchase of two firearms, announced U.S. Attorney Jay E. Town and Special Agent in Charge Marcus Watson of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives. 

CAMDEN, N.J. – A Camden man was sentenced today to 108 months in prison for robbing seven businesses and banks in West Berlin, Cinnaminson, Maple Shade, Mount Holly, Haddon Township, and Voorhees, New Jersey, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced.

William Carter, 51, previously pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Renée Marie Bumb to an information charging him with one count of Hobbs Act robbery. Judge Bumb imposed the sentence today in Camden federal court.

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

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – A Newport News man was sentenced today to 25 years in prison for possession of a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking crime, felon in possession of a firearm and possession with intent to distribute marijuana.

SAVANNAH, GA:  A Savannah man is facing a substantial prison sentence after a federal jury returned a guilty verdict against him.

RENO, Nev. — Donte Jamar Smith, 41, of Reno, pleaded guilty today to felon in possession of a firearm, U.S. Attorney Nicholas A. Trutanich announced. 

HAMMOND-David Ulmenstine, 28, of Posen, Illinois, and a member of the Chicago-based Latin Kings, was sentenced by Judge Simon to 70 months in prison and 2 years of supervised release following his guilty plea to conspiracy to participate in racketeering activity, announced U.S. Attorney Kirsch.    

CHICAGO — John R. Lausch, Jr., United States Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois, today announced continued progress in combating violent crime through a series of targeted strategies as part of the revitalized Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) initiative.

NEWARK, N.J. – Attorney General William P. Barr recognized 295 department employees for their distinguished public service today at the 67th Annual Attorney General’s Awards Ceremony. Sixty-two other individuals outside of the department were also honored for their work. This annual ceremony recognizes employees and other individuals who have demonstrated exceptional achievements, leadership, and service to the Department of Justice and the American people.

DAYTON – James Jamar Warren, 33, of Dayton, was sentenced in U.S. District Court to 77 months in prison for possessing a firearm as a convicted felon.

Benjamin C. Glassman, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio, Joseph Deters, Acting Special Agent in Charge, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Cincinnati Division, Jonathan McPherson, Special Agent in Charge, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), and Montgomery County Sheriff Rob Streck announced the sentence handed down today by U.S. District Judge Thomas M Rose.

MADISON, WIS. - Scott C. Blader, United States Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin, announced that John Stroman, 31, Madison, Wisconsin, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge William M. Conley to 33 months in federal prison for unlawfully possessing a loaded firearm as a convicted felon. Stroman pleaded guilty to this charge on July 16, 2019. His prison term will be followed by a three-year period of supervised release.

FORT WAYNE – Tyson Hudson, age 34, of Fort Wayne, Indiana was sentenced before U.S. District Court Judge Holly A. Brady upon his plea of guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm, announced U.S. Attorney Kirsch.

Hudson was sentenced to 90 months in prison followed by 2 years of supervised release.

RICHMOND, Va. – A member of the criminal street gang H$2X (an acronym for “High Society Hit Squad”) was sentenced today to over 12 years in prison for conspiracy to distribute one kilogram or more of heroin.

RICHMOND, Va. – A Norfolk man pleaded guilty today to the armed robbery of Sprint store in Colonial Heights and three separate instances of armed drug trafficking in Norfolk.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Andre Ramon Washington, 47, of Sacramento, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge John A. Mendez to 10 years in prison for possessing methamphetamine for distribution, U.S. Attorney McGregor W. Scott announced.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Ohio filed a record number of violent crime indictments in Fiscal Year 2019 as part of a strategy to help drive down homicides and fatal overdoses.

The office indicted 1,061 people in FY 2019.

That includes 308 people indicted for violent crime offenses, the highest number in the office’s records, which date back to 2004.

It also includes 456 people indicted for drug offenses – the highest number since 2005 and nearly double the amount of people indicted in just two years ago.

Jacksonville, Florida – U.S. District Judge Timothy J. Corrigan today sentenced Richard Anthony Moffett (31, Jacksonville) to 25 years in federal prison for using force, fraud, and coercion to cause multiple victims to engage in prostitution. The court will make a determination as to the amount of restitution Moffett owes to each of his five victims at a later date. Moffett had pleaded guilty on June 7, 2019.

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – An Ava, Missouri, man was sentenced in federal court today for illegally possessing methamphetamine and a firearm.

Rhett I. Scofield, 34, was sentenced by U.S. Chief District Judge Beth Phillips to 15 years in federal prison without parole.

On May 29, 2019, Scofield pleaded guilty to possessing methamphetamine to distribute and to possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug-trafficking crime.

RALEIGH – United States Attorney Robert J. Higdon, Jr. announced that today in federal court, Chief United States District Judge Terrence W. Boyle sentenced CHRISTOPHER EDWARD REAVES, 35, of Clayton, North Carolina to 120 months imprisonment, followed by 5 years of supervised release. 

RALEIGH – United States Attorney Robert J. Higdon, Jr., announced that today in federal court, United States District Judge James C.

SCRANTON—The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that Rodney Williams, age 36, of Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, was sentenced on October 17, 2019 to 20 years’ imprisonment followed by three years on supervised release by Senior U.S. District Court Judge A. Richard Caputo, for distributing fentanyl and heroin to another person that resulted in the death of that person.

Jacksonville, Florida – U.S. District Judge Marcia Morales Howard today sentenced Jamaal Abu Talib Hameen (59, Jacksonville) to 15 years in federal prison for possessing a firearm as a convicted felon. A jury had found Hameen guilty on March 1, 2019. 

MADISON, WIS. – Scott C. Blader, United States Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin, announced that a federal grand jury, sitting in Madison, returned an indictment yesterday charging Martin W. Curlee, Jr., 38, La Crosse, Wisconsin, with a gun crime.

The indictment alleges that Curlee was a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition. It alleges that he possessed a loaded 9mm handgun and 9mm ammunition on October 8, 2019.

SOUTH BEND – Eric R. Weiler, 46, of LaPorte, Indiana, was sentenced before U.S. District Court Judge Jon E. DeGuilio after entering a plea of guilty to production of child pornography, possession of child pornography, and making a destructive device, announced U.S. Attorney Kirsch. 

 Weiler was sentenced to 720 months in prison, 5 years of supervised release and ordered to pay 26,250 in restitution.   

A Latin Counts gang member was sentenced today to 30 years in federal prison for conspiracy to commit murder in aid of racketeering and assault with a dangerous weapon in aid of racketeering, announced United States Attorney Matthew Schneider, Special Agent in Charge James Deir of the ATF’s Detroit Division, and Chief James Craig of the Detroit Police Department.

FRANKFORT, Ky. –Adlie Penman, 40, of Lexington, Kentucky, was sentenced to 72 months in federal prison on Wednesday, by United States District Judge Gregory F. Van Tatenhove, after pleading guilty to one count of being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm.

Jacksonville, Florida – U.S. District Judge Marcia Morales Howard has sentenced James Bernard Kennedy (46, Jacksonville) to seven years and four months in federal prison for distributing cocaine base (also known as crack cocaine).

Kennedy had pleaded guilty on June 26, 2019.

DAYTON – The owner of a Springfield gun store whose falsified records showed he was selling guns to a deceased individual was sentenced in U.S. District Court today to 18 months in prison.

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The second of two Columbus men who murdered, tortured, assaulted and intimidated people as part of their drug-distribution conspiracy was sentenced in U.S. District Court today to 365 months in prison.

Michael J. Favors, 27, of Columbus, was sentenced for conspiring to murder two potential witnesses and on related drug charges.

SOUTH BEND - Zachary Adams, age 34, of Mishawaka, Indiana was sentenced before South Bend District Court Judge Robert L. Miller, Jr. for felon in possession, announced U.S. Attorney Kirsch.

Mr. Adams was sentenced to 51 months in prison followed by 2 years of supervised release. 

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

Tyree Jrevae Booker, age 41, pleaded guilty to one count before Senior United States District Judge Nora Barry Fischer.

BIRMINGHAM -- A federal jury convicted a Bessemer man, of being a felon in possession of a firearm, announced United States 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 ANTONIO DEMETRIUS ROGERS, 45, on October 16, 2019, after a single day of testimony before U.S. District Judge L. Scott Coogler.  His sentencing date has not yet been set. 

RICHMOND, Va. – A Petersburg man was sentenced today to 10 years in prison for trafficking narcotics and firearms.

Jacksonville, Florida – U.S. District Judge Marcia Morales Howard has sentenced Sabrina Nicole Hoffa (40, Jacksonville) to eight years and four months in federal prison and Jeffrey Allen Mays (38, Jacksonville) to six years and three months in federal prison for distributing methamphetamine. The court also ordered Hoffa and Mays to forfeit $1,265 in U.S.

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

Orlando, Florida – U.S. District Judge Gregory A. Presnell has sentenced Sebastian Denton Zayas (30, Orlando) to 10 years and 10 months in federal prison for possession with the intent to distribute cocaine. 

Denton had pleaded guilty on July 22, 2019.

SAVANNAH, GA:  Three Savannah men will spend a total of nearly 34 years in federal prison after sentencing for a drug trafficking conspiracy and firearms crimes discovered after a high-speed chase with Georgia state troopers.

FORT WAYNE – Billy Harris, age 38, of Fort Wayne, Indiana was sentenced before U.S. District Court Judge Holly A. Brady upon his plea of guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm, announced U.S. Attorney Kirsch.

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

SANTA ANA, California – Law enforcement has arrested six Orange County residents charged in an indictment alleging three defendants conspired to traffic more than two dozen firearms – including 12-gauge shotguns and AR-style rifles – while other defendants, including a convicted sex offender, illegally possessed firearms and ammunition.

WASHINGTON – Seven people have been arrested on federal charges stemming from an ongoing investigation into the distribution of narcotics and the possession of firearms in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. To date, large quantities of heroin, fentanyl, and cocaine base (crack) have been seized as a result of the investigation, along with six firearms.

FORT WAYNE – Juan Williams, age 31, 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 fentanyl and possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, announced U.S. Attorney Kirsch.

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

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.

BIRMINGHAM -- A federal jury convicted a Tuscaloosa man of being a felon in possession of a firearm, announced United States 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 Larry Leon Bryant, 33, on October 8th, after two days of testimony before U.S. District Judge L. Scott Coogler.  His sentencing is scheduled for February 27, 2020.

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Jeffery L. Barnett, 49, of Winchester was sentenced to 300 months in federal prison by United States District Judge Danny C. Reeves, for the possession with the intent to distribute more than 100 grams of heroin and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.  

PEORIA, Ill. B U.S. District Judge James E. Shadid today sentenced three defendants to prison terms for possession of guns as felons. The cases are separate and unrelated, but all involve illegal weapons in the Quad City area.

United States Attorney Ron Parsons announced that a Lower Brule, South Dakota, man convicted of Resisting and Impeding a Federal Officer was sentenced on October 7, 2019, by U.S. District Judge Roberto A. Lange.

Vincent Battese, age 33, was sentenced to 12 months in federal prison, followed by 1 year of supervised release, and a special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund in the amount of $25.

Battese was indicted by a federal grand jury on October 16, 2018. He pled guilty on July 16, 2019.

Memphis, TN – U.S. Attorney D. Michael Dunavant and 25th Judicial District Attorney General Mark Davidson announced today that the first phase of a joint federal, state and local law enforcement anti-violence initiative has resulted in the federal indictments of six individuals from Tipton County, TN. The agencies participating in the initiative include the U.S.

Memphis, TN – U.S. Attorney D. Michael Dunavant and 25th Judicial District Attorney General Mark Davidson announced today that the first phase of a joint federal, state and local law enforcement anti-violence initiative has resulted in the federal indictments of six individuals from Tipton County, TN. The agencies participating in the initiative include the U.S.

SAN JUAN, P.R. – Today, Oscar Martínez-Hernández, a.k.a. "Cali;" was sentenced by US District Court Chief Judge Gustavo A. Gelpí for the of the murder of Lieutenant Osvaldo Albarati-Casañas, a Federal Bureau of Prisons Correctional Officer, announced United States Attorney for the District of Puerto Rico, W. Stephen Muldrow. Lieutenant Albarati was murdered on February 26, 2013. On September 20, 2018, Martínez-Hernández was found guilty after an 11-day jury trial.

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

Richard D. Williams, 41, previously pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge John Michael Vazquez to an indictment charging him with one count of possession of a firearm as a previously convicted felon. Judge Vazquez imposed the sentence today in Newark federal court.

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

STATESVILLE, N.C. – U.S. District Judge Kenneth D. Bell handed down the statutory maximum prison sentence of 10 years to Antonio Carnell White, for illegally possessing multiple firearms, announced Andrew Murray, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina. White, 29, of Hickory, N.C., was also ordered to serve two years under court supervision after he is released from prison.

WILMINGTON, Del. – United States Attorney David C. Weiss announced that Kenneth Holland, 49, of Dover, was sentenced on September 23, 2019, by U.S. District Judge Maryellen Noreika to 110 months in federal prison for possessing heroin with the intent to distribute and for being a felon in possession of a firearm.

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

Joseph Laroche, age 36, was sentenced on October 1, 2019, to 4 years and 9 months in federal prison, followed by 3 years of supervised release, and ordered to pay a $100 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.

BANGOR, Maine:  A Trenton, Maine man was sentenced today in federal court in Bangor for possessing a firearm after being convicted of a felony, U.S. Attorney Halsey B. Frank announced.

U.S. District Judge Lance E. Walker sentenced Timothy Levesque, 53, to one year and one day in prison and two years of supervised release. Levesque pleaded guilty on December 18, 2018.

BANGOR, Maine:  An Eastport man was sentenced yesterday in federal court in Bangor for possessing a firearm after being convicted of a felony, U.S. Attorney Halsey B. Frank announced.

U.S. District Judge Lance E. Walker sentenced Daniel B. Boone, Sr., 49, to three years in prison and three years of supervised release. Boone pleaded guilty on May 8, 2019.

MADISON, WIS. – Federal, state, and local officials announced that 16 people have been charged with drug crimes following a long-term investigation of methamphetamine distribution in the Wausau, Wisconsin area. 

The charges were announced today by Scott C. Blader, United States Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin; Wisconsin Attorney General Josh Kaul; Marathon County District Attorney Theresa Wetzsteon; FBI Special Agent in Charge Robert Hughes; Wausau Police Chief Benjamin Bliven; Marathon County Sheriff Scott Parks; and Lincoln County Sheriff Ken Schneider. 

PIKEVILLE, Ky.- A Millstone, Kentucky, man, who previously admitted to distributing cocaine and being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm, was sentenced Friday to 140 months in federal prison.

U.S. District Judge Robert E. Wier sentenced Charles Perry Jr, 56, for distributing cocaine and illegal possession of a firearm. Perry pleaded guilty June 7, 2019.

Under federal law, Perry must serve 85 percent of his prison sentence and will be under the supervision of the U.S. Probation Office for six years.

United States Attorney Erica H. MacDonald today announced the conviction of MARCUS ANTHONY MATTOX, 25, for illegally possessing a firearm. The jury found MATTOX guilty following a four-day trial before Senior Judge Donovan W. Frank in U.S. District Court in St. Paul, Minnesota.

GRAND RAPIDS, MICHIGAN – U.S. Attorney Andrew Birge announced today that Antonio Laver Jones, 33, of Three Rivers, was arrested without incident on October 3 on a federal complaint for possessing a firearm as a convicted felon. If convicted, Jones faces up to 10 years in prison. The arrest was the result of coordinated efforts between the Kalamazoo Valley Enforcement Team (KVET), the Southwest Enforcement East and South Teams (SWET), and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives.

ROCKFORD —A Rockford man was sentenced today in federal court before U.S. District Judge John Robert Blakey to a total of 10 years in federal prison, to be followed by 3 years of supervised release on firearms charges. KYLAND WILLIS, 21, who was charged in two separate cases, pleaded guilty on June 28, 2019 to conspiracy to steal firearms from a licensed firearms dealer and two counts of stealing firearms from a licensed firearms dealer.

LEXINGTON, Ky.—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. PSN is an evidence-based program proven to be effective at reducing violent crime.

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

Elvis R. Abinader, 20, was indicted by a federal grand jury on one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition. Abinader was initially charged by criminal complaint and has been in custody since Sept. 10, 2019. 

LITTLE ROCK— Two Camden men have been charged with robbing a gas station and attempting to rob a pawn shop and killing the shop’s owner. A federal grand jury has charged Daryl Strickland, Jr., 22, and Rodney Tyrone Henry, 22, following the November 2018 robbery of the Alon Gas Station and the attempted robbery of the Wise Buck Pawn Shop, both in Pine Bluff. The indictment alleges that Strickland and Henry caused the death of Brandon McHan, who owned the pawn shop.

BECKLEY, W.Va. – A Charleston man was sentenced to federal prison for illegally possessing a firearm, announced United States Attorney Mike Stuart.  Harvery Booker, 54, was sentenced to 78 months in prison, to be followed by a 3 year term of supervised release, for being a felon in possession of a firearm. 

Greenbelt, Maryland –Christopher Paul Hasson, age 50, of Silver Spring, Maryland, pleaded guilty today in U.S. District Court in Maryland to four federal charges, including unlawful possession of unregistered silencers, unlawful possession of firearm silencers unidentified by serial number, possession of firearms by an addict to and unlawful user of a controlled substance, and possession of a controlled substance. Hasson was arrested on related charges on February 15, 2019, and has been detained since his arrest.

CINCINNATI – Dayvon Cook, 25, of Cincinnati, was sentenced in U.S. District Court to 64 months in prison for possessing a firearm and ammunition after being convicted of a felony crime.

Benjamin C. Glassman, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio, Jonathan McPherson, Special Agent in Charge, U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), and Cincinnati Police Chief Eliot K. Isaac announced the sentence handed down today by U.S. District Judge Michael R. Barrett.

LEXINGTON, Ky.— A Lexington man was indicted Thursday for robbing several Lexington businesses.

A federal grand jury in Lexington returned an indictment charging 54-year-old Jackie B. Love with five counts of robbery.

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – A Hampton man was sentenced yesterday to over seven years in prison after for distributing cocaine and heroin in Hampton Roads.

According to court documents, in May a federal jury convicted Erick Allen Osby, 24, of possession with intent to distribute cocaine and heroin.

SOUTH BEND - Quonzee Merriweather, age 25, of Michigan City, Indiana was sentenced before South Bend District Court Judge Jon E. DeGuilio for distribution of a mixture and substance containing a detectable amount of cocaine, said U.S. Attorney Kirsch.

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

United States Attorney Matthew D. Krueger of the Eastern District of Wisconsin announced that the U.S. Department of Justice has awarded a two-year $317,422 grant to the Milwaukee County District Attorney’s Office (MCDAO) and the City of Milwaukee through Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN). The grant is intended to reduce the level of firearm-related violence in Milwaukee through the creation of a Community Victim Witness Program.

John H. Durham, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that ANTHONY DUNCAN, also known as “Heavy D,” 32, of New Haven, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Vanessa L. Bryant in Hartford to 63 months of imprisonment, followed by three years of supervised release, for unlawfully possessing firearm.

Greenbelt, Maryland – James Robert Dorsey III, age 29, of Oxon Hill, Maryland, has pleaded guilty to federal charges for possession with intent to distribute marijuana and for possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.  The guilty plea was entered on October 2, 2019.  

NEWARK, N.J. – Seventeen people have been charged for their roles as members and associates of a Paterson-based street gang involved in the distribution of narcotics, including heroin, fentanyl, and cocaine base, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced today.

Nine defendants were arrested today and seven were already in state custody. One defendant remains at large. Those arrested today are scheduled to have their initial appearances this afternoon before U.S. Magistrate Leda Dunn Wettre in Newark federal court. (See chart below.)

BOSTON - A Springfield man was sentenced in federal court in Boston today in connection to his role in a firearms, narcotics and money laundering conspiracy.

CHICAGO — Federal law enforcement seized more than 14 kilograms of cocaine and 15 firearms as part of an investigation that dismantled a Texas-to-Chicago narcotics pipeline and resulted in charges against ten defendants.

During the investigation, dubbed “Operation Grapevine,” authorities shut down a drug stash house in a lakefront condominium in the Kenwood neighborhood of Chicago. In addition to the cocaine and guns, law enforcement seized approximately $215,000 in cash, and gold and diamond jewelry with an estimated value of more than $30,000.

Two people from Toledo were indicted in federal court on firearms crimes.

Xavier Zjordonel Tate, 35, was indicted on one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm. Tate allegedly possessed an American Pride AR-15 and 30 rounds of ammunition on September 2, despite a previous conviction for being a felon in possession of a firearm, according to the indictment.

WILMINGTON, Del. – Subree Waterman, 38, of Wilmington, was sentenced yesterday by Chief U.S. District Judge Leonard P. Stark to five years in federal prison for distributing crack cocaine.

According to court documents, over the course of several months between March and June 2018, Waterman distributed crack on at least seven different occasions. Video of one transaction showed Waterman removing 42 grams of crack from plastic baggies, weighing the crack on a digital scale, taking $1,875 in exchange, and smiling and laughing as he counted the money.

BOSTON – A Worcester man was indicted today for being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition.

Lawrence Rutherford, 37, was indicted on one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition. Rutherford was arrested on Sept. 6, 2019, and charged by criminal complaint.

BOSTON – A Boston man was indicted today for being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Naysaan Austin, 23, was charged with one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm. Austin was arrested on Sept. 19, 2019, and charged by criminal complaint.

United States Attorney Matthew D. Krueger of the Eastern District of Wisconsin announced that on September 26, 2019, Joshua J. Klein (age: 38) of Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, was sentenced to 225 months’ imprisonment for firearm and drug offenses. Klein was also ordered to serve 5 years’ supervised release after his prison sentence.

NEWARK, N.J. – One of 17 defendants arrested in connection with a Newark street gang known as the “Famous Boyz” today admitted distributing narcotics as part of a drug trafficking conspiracy, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced.

Ibn Saadiq, a/k/a “Zero,” 22, of Newark, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Madeline Cox Arleo in Newark federal court to an information charging him with one count of conspiracy to distribute and to possess with intent to distribute 100 grams or more of heroin. He is the seventh defendant to plead guilty in the case so far.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – October 2, 2019 – Kedrick Ross, 27, of Nashville, Tennessee, was charged today with two counts of being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm and two counts of possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug crime, announced U.S. Attorney Don Cochran for the Middle District of Tennessee. 

SOUTH BEND - Lonnie Painter, age 57, of Osceola, Indiana was sentenced before South Bend District Court Judge Jon E. DeGuilio on his plea of guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm, announced U.S. Attorney Kirsch.

Mr. Painter was sentenced to 180 months in prison followed by 3 years of supervised release. 

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – An Independence, Missouri, man pleaded guilty in federal court today to illegally selling firearms without a license, some of which have been seized during arrests at several crime scenes.

Frank E. Hedden, 25, waived his right to a grand jury and pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Roseann Ketchmark to engaging in the business of dealing firearms without a license.

Fort Myers, FL – U.S. District Judge Sheri Polster Chappell has sentenced Jose Mario Moreno Parada (37, Naples) to eight years and four months in federal prison for smuggling goods from the United States, possessing firearms with obliterated serial numbers, and making false statements to federal agents. The court also ordered Parada to forfeit the firearms involved in the offenses. 

Parada had pleaded guilty on May 10, 2019. 

John H. Durham, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, today announced that JAMAR SMITH, also known as “JT,” 37, of Bridgeport, and JOHN FLANNERY, III, 29, of East Hartford, have been charged with various federal offenses related to the straw purchases of firearms.

United States Attorney Richard W. Moore of the Southern District of Alabama announced that Jarriet Rascoe, a 32 year old resident of Selma, Alabama was found guilty of possession of a firearm after conviction of a felony.  The trial was held on September 6, 2019.  

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