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Weld County Man Sentenced to 14 Years in Federal Prison for Possession with Intent to Distribute Methamphetamine

December 16, 2011

DENVER — Victor Rangel, age 59, of La Salle, Colorado, was sentenced to serve 14 years in federal prison for possession with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of methamphetamine, U.S. Attorney John Walsh and ATF Special Agent in Charge Marvin Richardson announced. The sentence was handed down by U.S. District Court Judge Marcia S. Krieger on November 28, 2011. Following his prison sentence, Judge Krieger ordered Rangel to serve 5 years of supervised release.More »

Activity in the United States Attorney’s Office

December 15, 2011

Delano Frank Falls Down, 31, of Ranchester, Wyoming, was sentenced by Chief Federal District Court Judge Nancy D. Freudenthal on December 12, 2011, for being a felon in possession of a firearm. Falls Down was arrested in Sheridan, Wyoming. He received three years of supervised probation, with the first 90 days to be served in home confinement and was ordered to pay a $100.00 special assessment and a $500.00 fine. This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.More »

Leroy Jesse Houle Sentenced in U.S. District Court

December 5, 2011

The United States Attorney’s Office announced that during a federal court session in Great Falls, on December 5, 2011, before U.S. District Judge Sam E. Haddon, LEROY JESSE HOULE, a 36-year-old resident of Great Falls, appeared for sentencing. HOULE was sentenced to a term of:More »

Dennis Lee Allan Sentenced in U.S. District Court

November 8, 2011

The United States Attorney’s Office announced that during a federal court session in Great Falls, on November 8, 2011, before U.S. District Judge Sam E. Haddon, DENNIS LEE ALLAN, a 51-year-old resident of Great Falls, appeared for sentencing. ALLAN was sentenced to a term of:More »

Deputy Attorney General Joins U.S. Attorney, ATF and Local Officials to Announce Results of Summer Anti-Violence Initiative

October 26, 2011

DENVER – Deputy Attorney General James Cole, the number two official with the Department of Justice, came to Denver today to participate in announcing the results of an initiative to combat violent crime throughout Metro Denver this past summer. Joining Cole for the announcement was U.S. Attorney John Walsh, ATF Special Agent in Charge Marvin Richardson, Aurora Police Chief Daniel Oates, Lakewood Police Chief Kevin Paletta, and Denver Police Chief Gerald Whitman. These agencies came together to form a partnership to investigate gun crime and arrest armed gang members.More »

Michael Anthony Penn Indicted for Starting Beaver Creek Fire

October 25, 2011

DENVER — Last month a federal grand jury in Denver returned a two count indictment charging Michael Anthony Penn, age 22, with setting timber afire and damaging property of the United States by fire, United States Attorney John Walsh and U.S. Forest Service Special Agent in Charge Laura Mark announced today. Penn was arrested in Las Vegas and then transported to Denver by the U.S. Marshals Service. He made his initial appearance in U.S. District Court in Denver yesterday, where he was advised of the charges pending against him, and the associated penalties. He was previously ordered held without bond during a detention hearing in Las Vegas. He is scheduled to appear in U.S. District Court in Denver again on October 27, 2011 for arraignment.More »

Michael Joseph Delacruz Sentenecd in U.S. District Court

October 14, 2011

The United States Attorney’s Office announced that during a federal court session in Billings, on October 13, 2011, before Chief U.S. District Judge Richard F. Cebull, MICHAEL JOSEPH DELACRUZ, a 32-year-old resident of Billings, appeared for sentencing.More »

Bond Sentenced to 87 Months in Federal Prison After Starting Fires at Two Utah Businesses

October 13, 2011

SALT LAKE CITY – Walter Edmund Bond, age 35, of Salt Lake City, who pleaded guilty in July to two counts of arson in connection with fires at the Tandy Leather Factory in Salt Lake City and the Tiburon Fine Dining Restaurant in Sandy in 2010, will serve 87 months in federal prison.More »

Activity in the United States Attorney’s Office

September 29, 2011

Neri Mario Gutierrez–Martinez, 31, of Guatemala, was sentenced by Federal District Court Judge Alan B. Johnson on September 29, 2011, for illegal re–entry of a previously deported alien into the United States. Gutierrez–Martinez was arrested in Casper, Wyoming. He received time served plus ten days, was ordered to pay a $100.00 special assessment and is subject to deportation upon release from custody. This case was investigated by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement.More »

Activity in the United States Attorney’s Office – Sentences

September 22, 2011

Robert Thomas Black-Bonnet, 46, of Rawlins, Wyoming, was sentenced by Federal District Court Judge Alan B. Johnson on September 19, 2011, for felon in possession of a firearm. Black-Bonnet received 180 months of imprisonment, to be followed by five years of supervised release and was ordered to pay a $100.00 special assessment and a $1,000.00 fine. This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.More »

Travis Lee Collins Sentenced in U.S. District Court

September 22, 2011

The United States Attorney’s Office announced that during a federal court session in Missoula, on September 22, 2011, before U.S. District Judge Donald W. Molloy, TRAVIS LEE COLLINS, a 35-year-old resident of Spokane, Washington area, appeared for sentencing. COLLINS was sentenced to a term of:More »

ATF and Denver Police Department Arrest 16 People for Firearms and/or Drug Violations

September 22, 2011

DENVER — Sixteen people have been arrested by the ATF and the Denver Police Department during the past 72 hours for firearm or drug violations of federal and state law. Of the sixteen defendants, four are being prosecuted in federal court, and eleven are being prosecuted in state court. One juvenile was also arrested. There is also one federal fugitive. The defendants are members or associates of various local gangs in Denver. The four defendants arrested on federal charges were all indicted earlier this week by a federal grand jury in Denver.More »

Felon Caught in Possession of Firearms Including Firearms Stolen From Bent’s Fort and Other Historic Sites Sentenced to Federal Prison

September 12, 2011

DENVER – Jeffrey Scott Willcoxon, age 32, of Otero County, was sentenced to serve 90 months (over 7 years) in federal prison for being a felon in possession of firearms, United States Attorney John Walsh and ATF Special Agent in Charge Marvin Richardson announced. More »

Junior Caneelario Rivas Sentenced in U.S. District Court

September 7, 2011

The United States Attorney’s Office announced that during a federal court session in Missoula, on September 7, 2011, before U.S. District Judge Donald W. Molloy, JUNIOR CANEELARIO RIVAS, a 26–year–old resident of Phoenix, Arizona area, appeared for sentencing. RIVAS was sentenced to a term of:More »

Activity in the United States Attorney’s Office

September 1, 2011

Nelvi Gutierrez–Zuchitez, aka Melvin Gutierrez–Zuchitez 25, of Guatemala, who was arrested in Natrona County, was sentenced by Federal District Court Alan B. Johnson on September 1, 2011, for illegal re–entry of a previously deported alien into the United States. Gutierrez–Zuchitez received time served plus ten days, was ordered to pay a $100.00 assessment and is subject to deportation upon release from custody. This case was investigated by the US Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement.More »

Brent Michael Waller Sentenced in U.S. District Court

August 11, 2011

The United States Attorney's Office announced that during a federal court session in Billings, on August 10, 2011, before Chief U.S. District Judge Richard F. Cebull, BRENT MICHAEL WALLER, a 30-year-old resident of Billings, appeared for sentencing. WALLER was sentenced to a term of:More »

Clement P. Janis Sentenced in U.S. District Court

August 4, 2011

The United States Attorney’s Office announced that during a federal court session in Billings, on August 3, 2011, before Senior U.S. District Judge Jack D. Shanstrom, CLEMENT P. JANIS, a 34–year–old resident of Billings, appeared for sentencing. JANIS was sentenced to a term of:More »

Activity in the United States Attorney’s Office

August 4, 2011

Mariano Flores–Sosa, 24, of Mexico, was sentenced by Chief Federal District Court Judge Nancy D. Freudenthal on August 4, 2011, for illegal re–entry of an illegal alien into the United States. Flores-Soas was sentenced to time served plus ten days, was ordered to pay a $100.00 special assessment and is subject to deportation upon release from custody. This case was investigated by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement.More »

ATF RAGE Task Force Delivers Results in Greeley

July 26, 2011

DENVER — The ATF led Greeley RAGE Task Force (Regional Anti–Gang Enforcement), including the Greeley Police Department and the FBI, have investigated, sought prosecution, and sentencing of multiple gun and drug offenders in Greeley, U.S. Attorney John Walsh and Denver ATF Special Agent in Charge Marvin Richardson announced.More »

Activity in the United States Attorney’s Office

July 21, 2011

Taylor Ashtyn Robinson, 21, of Cheyenne, Wyoming and Rod Marti, of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, were sentenced by Federal District Court Judge William F. Downes on July 19, 2011, for their roles in connection to a burglary of Marv’s Other Place Pawn Shop in Cheyenne, Wyoming on January 21, 2011. Robinson was sentenced to six months of imprisonment, to be followed by three years of supervised release, and was ordered to pay a special assessment of $100.00 on one count of interstate transportation of stolen firearms. Marti was sentenced to 144 months of imprisonment, to be followed by five years of supervised release and was ordered to pay a $200.00 special assessment on one count of theft of firearms from a federal firearms dealer and one count of felon in possession of a firearm. Both were ordered to pay restitution, jointly and severally, in the amount of $5,197.00. This case was investigated by the Cheyenne Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.More »

Victor James Webster, Jr. Sentenced in U.S. District Court

July 19, 2011

The United States Attorney»s Office announced that during a federal court session in Great Falls, on July 18, 2011, before U.S. District Judge Sam E. Haddon, VICTOR JAMES WEBSTER, JR., a 25-year-old resident of Great Falls, appeared for sentencing. WEBSTER was sentenced to a term of:More »

Denver Man Sentenced to Life in Prison for Gun, Drug and Immigration Crimes

July 15, 2011

DENVER — Ismael Gonzales–Arenas, age 47, of Denver, Colorado, was sentenced earlier this week to spend the rest of his natural life in federal prison by U.S. District Court Judge Robert E. Blackburn after being convicted on gun, drug and immigration charges, United States Attorney John Walsh, ATF Special Agent in Charge Marvin Richardson and ICE HSI Special Agent in Charge David M. Marwell announced. The defendant was originally charged in 2004, and was found guilty following a bench trial on September 29, 2010, but because of issues around the Armed Career Criminal Act and the defendant–s prior convictions, the final sentencing hearing didn–t take place until July 11, 2011. Gonzales–Arenas was acquitted of one charge involving distributing crack near a school.More »

Michael Joseph Delacruz Found Guilty in U.S. Federal Court

July 12, 2011

The United States Attorney’s Office announced that on July 11, 2011, in Billings, after a federal district court trial before Chief U.S. District Judge Richard F. Cebull, MICHAEL JOSEPH DELACRUZ, a 32–year–old resident of Billings, was found guilty of being a felon–inpossession of a firearm. Sentencing is set for October 13, 2011. He is currently detained.More »

Bond Pleads Guilty to Two Counts of Arson in Connection with Fires at Two Utah Businesses

July 6, 2011

SALT LAKE CITY – Walter Edmund Bond, age 35, of Salt Lake City pleaded guilty to two counts of arson in federal court this morning in connection with fires at the Tandy Leather Factory in Salt Lake City and the Tiburon Fine Dining Restaurant in Sandy which occurred in 2010.More »

Michael Ralph Niles Sentenced in U.S. District Court

July 6, 2011

The United States Attorney’s Office announced that during a federal court session in Billings, on July 6, 2011, before Chief U.S. District Judge Richard F. Cebull, MICHAEL RALPH NILES, a 50-year-old resident of Billings, appeared for sentencing. NILES was sentenced to a term of:More »

Love Thomas Wright Cooper Sentenced in U.S. District Court

June 1, 2011

The United States Attorney’s Office announced that during a federal court session inBillings, on June 1, 2011, before Senior U.S. District Judge Jack D. Shanstrom, LOVE THOMAS WRIGHT COOPER, a 31-year-old resident of Emigrant, appeared for sentencing. COOPER was sentenced to a term of:More »

Zajac Sentenced to 35 years in Federal Prison in Connection with Explosion at Salt Lake Library

April 18, 2011

SALT LAKE CITY – Thomas James Zajac, age 57, of Downers Grove, Ill., convicted of six violations of federal law stemming from a bombing at the Salt Lake City Public Library on Sept. 15, 2006, will spend 35 years in federal prison.More »

Activity in the United States Attorney’s Office

March 31, 2011

Jeffrey Tanner, 40, of Casper, Wyoming, was sentenced by Chief Federal District Court Judge William F. Downes on March 17, 2011, for a felon in possession of a firearm, conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and to distribute between 500 grams and 1.5 kilograms methamphetamine. Tanner received 135 months imprisonment, to be followed by five years of supervised release and was ordered to pay a $200.00 special assessment. This case was investigated by the Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation and the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.More »

Richard Bruce Sanders Sentenced in U.S. District Court

March 22, 2011

The United States Attorney’s Office announced that during a federal court session in Billings, on March 16, 2011, before Senior U.S. District Judge Jack D. Shanstrom, RICHARD BRUCE SANDERS, a resident of Roundup, appeared for sentencing. SANDERS was sentenced to a term of: More »

Walter Bond Sentenced to Federal Prison for the Arson at the Sheepskin Factory in Glendale

February 11, 2011

DENVER — Walter Bond, aka Lone Wolf, age 34, of Salt Lake City, Utah, was sentenced this afternoon to serve 60 months (5 years) in federal prison for use of fire or explosives to damage and destroy property in interstate commerce, and for the use of force, violence and threats involving an Animal Enterprise, United States Attorney John Walsh, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) Special Agent in Charge Marvin Richardson, and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Acting Special Agent in Charge Michael Rankin announced. More »

ATF Explosives Detection Canines Play Major Role at Super Bowl XLV

Denver Handler-Canine Team Helps Arlington Prepare For Game day

January 31, 2011

DALLAS — Super Bowl brings together the best teams in football, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) has brought its best K-9 teams to North Texas. Lambert and Ostermann are based in Denver and will conduct security sweeps at this year’s Super Bowl to locate any type of explosive, firearm or ammunition that may be in close proximity to the stadium or other venue relating to the big game.More »

Activity in the United States Attorney’s Office

January 20, 2011

Craig R. Arbogast, 48, of Gillette, Wyoming, was sentenced by Chief Federal District Court Judge William F. Downes on January 13, 2011, for a felon in possession of a firearm. Arbogast received 41 months of imprisonment, was ordered to pay a $3,000.00 fine and a $100.00 special assessment. Upon release from imprisonment Arbogast will be placed on three years of supervised release. This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.More »