A Perry County man was sentenced on February 10, 2016, to federal prison on explosives and firearms charges, James L. Porter, Acting United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced today.
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HAMMOND- United States Attorney David A. Capp announced today that a criminal complaint was filed against David Victor, 23, of Merrillville, Indiana; Ellisa Salazar , 22, of Griffith and Julian Rebeles, 24, of Hammond, for attempting to provide or possess contraband in prison.
Rebeles who is currently under Federal Indictment for his involvement in the Latin King RICO conspiracy and narcotics conspiracy case charged, United States v. Anton James et al, is alleged to be discussing “silencing” witnesses and cooperating defendants in the case.
CHICAGO — The leader of a jewelry heist ring that robbed two Chicago jewelers and attempted to rob another in Lake Forest was sentenced today to more than 31 years in federal prison.
On January 13, 2016, Ayiko L. Paulette, 40, of Cahokia, Illinois, was sentenced in federal court in East St. Louis after having previously pled guilty to Conspiracy to Distribute Controlled Substances, Maintaining a Drug-Involved Premises, being a Felon in Possession of Firearms, Distribution of Cocaine, Interstate Travel In Support of Racketeering, and Conspiracy to Obstruct Justice, James L. Porter, Acting United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced today. Paulette was sentenced to 300 months in federal prison, to be followed by10 years of supervised release.
CHICAGO — A Chicago man was sentenced today to more than 16 years in federal prison for selling nearly a dozen firearms that had been transported from Indiana to the streets of Chicago.
TERRENCE GRIGGS, 36, sold eleven firearms and a bulletproof vest to an individual he believed was a high-ranking member of a Chicago street gang. The weapons included two shotguns,four pistols, three revolvers and two rifles. Unbeknownst to Griggs, the buyer was an informant who was cooperating with law enforcement officers from the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
CHICAGO — A convicted felon from southwest suburban Hickory Hills pleaded guilty in federal court today to charges he illegally possessed firearms whose serial numbers had been obliterated.
STEVEN RILEY, 24, sold a 20-gauge shotgun, two rifles and 40 rounds of assorted ammunition to an individual for $2,500 in November 2014. Unbeknownst to Riley, the buyer was a confidential informant who was working at the direction of agents from the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. Riley had previously been convicted of two felonies prior to the gun sales.
ROCKFORD — A Rockford resident was sentenced today in federal court on a federal gun charge. The defendant, MARTEZ DICKSON, 29, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Philip G. Reinhard to a total of 235 months in federal prison, and ordered to serve 5 years of supervised release following his term of imprisonment. On Sept. 15, 2015, following a two-day trial before U.S. District Judge Philip G. Reinhard, Dickson was found guilty by a federal jury of illegally possessing a firearm as a convicted felon.
ROCKFORD — A Rockford man pleaded guilty today in federal court before U.S. District Judge Frederick J. Kapala to illegally possessing a firearm as a convicted felon. CLIFFORD HORTON, 28, of Rockford, Ill., admitted that on November 4, 2014, having previously been convicted of a felon, he possessed a Taurus .380 caliber pistol.
HAMMOND – United States Attorney David Capp announced that:
David J. Nozick, Assistant U.S. Attorney for the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Northern District of Indiana;
Bruce R. Hegyi, Trial Attorney for the Department of Justice Capital Case Section;
Jason M. Gore, Special Agent for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives;
Arthur L. Grist, Jr., Special Agent for the Federal Bureau of Investigation; and
Brian M. Paine, Sergeant for the East Chicago Police Department,
HAMMOND – United States Attorney David Capp announced two additional indictments in the ongoing effort against criminal street gangs in Northwest Indiana. In one indictment, seventeen members or associates of the Latin Kings, all Indiana based, were charged with racketeering and other offenses. In a separate indictment, two additional members of the Two Six Nation were indicted for murder in aid of racketeering.
SOUTH BEND – United States Attorney for the Northern District of Indiana, David Capp, announced that Erik D. Harbin, age 30, of Mishawaka, Indiana was sentenced on Monday, November 23, 2015, in federal court by Judge Robert L. Miller, Jr., after his guilty plea of being a felon in possession of a firearm.
CHICAGO — Civic, religious and community leaders joined top law enforcement personnel today to continue an ongoing dialogue about building trust between law enforcement and the Chicagoland community.
The Community Roundtable was convened by Zachary T. Fardon, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois. It was held in the Columbus Park Refectory in the Austin neighborhood on the city’s West Side. Today’s event was the third such discussion, following up on productive sessions in December 2014 and March 2015.
SOUTH BEND – United States Attorney for the Northern District of Indiana, David Capp, announced that David M. Felske, age 25, of Michigan City, Indiana was sentenced in federal court, by Judge Jon E. DeGuilio, after his guilty plea of being a felon in possession of a firearm.
David Felske was sentenced to 100 months imprisonment and 3 years supervised release.
CHICAGO — A federal judge today sentenced a Lisle man to 16 years in prison for putting at least 80 firearms into the hands of known gang members on the streets of Chicago.
WALTER FREEMAN obtained the guns from a co-defendant, TIMOTHY VANA, in exchange for crack cocaine. Freeman later sold the guns to individuals he knew to be members of Chicago street gangs. Several of the guns were used in shootings and other crimes in and around Chicago.
The United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Stephen R. Wigginton, announced that Trymaine Davis, 26, of East Saint Louis, Illinois, was sentenced on Friday, November 6, 2015, in federal district court, for unlawful possession of a firearm by a previously convicted felon. Davis received a sentence of 21 months in prison, to be followed by 3 years of supervised release, a $100 special assessment, and a fine of $250.
SOUTH BEND – United States Attorney for the Northern District of Indiana, David Capp, announced that Darrell L. Duncan, age 34, of South Bend, Indiana, was sentenced Wednesday, November 4, 2015, in federal court by Judge Robert L. Miller, Jr. after his guilty plea of being a felon in possession of a firearm.
Duncan was sentenced to 15 years’ imprisonment and 3 years supervised release.
Urbana, Ill. - Edward Dorsey Sr., 43, of St. Anne, Ill., was sentenced late last week to 327 months (27 years, three months) in federal prison for repeated trafficking of crack cocaine. On Friday, Oct. 16, U.S. District Judge Colin Bruce added 51 months to Dorsey’s previous sentence of 276 months (23 years.) The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals had remanded Dorsey’s case to the district court for resentencing after Dorsey challenged conditions of his supervised release.
HAMMOND – United States Attorney for the Northern District of Indiana, David Capp, announced that Vahan Kelerchian, 56, of Richboro, Pennsylvania, doing business as Armament Services International “ASI”, was found guilty of a multitude of charges relating to the acquisition of machineguns and restricted laser aiming sites, late Thursday evening after a two-week jury trial.
CHICAGO ― A Grundy County gun dealer was sentenced today to 4 years in federal prison for selling nearly a dozen firearms to buyers he believed were not legally allowed to purchase the weapons.
Urbana, Ill. - B Brian K. Dalton, 35, was sentenced late yesterday, Monday, Oct. 5, 2015, to serve 12 years in federal prison for distribution of crack cocaine and illegal possession of a firearm by a felon, as announced by U.S. Attorney Jim Lewis, Central District of Illinois. Dalton remains on bond and was ordered to report to the federal Bureau of Prisons on Feb. 9, 2016, to begin serving his sentence.
CHICAGO — A Chicago man who helped purchase 43 firearms in Indiana and transport them to Illinois for sale on the streets of Chicago was sentenced today to 37 months in prison.
After purchasing the weapons at gun shows and from individual vendors in Crown Point and Indianapolis, WINSTON GERALDS helped bring the firearms into Illinois and sell them on the South Side of Chicago. Unbeknownst to Geralds, the Chicago buyer was cooperating with law enforcement officers from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
SOUTH BEND – United States Attorney for the Northern District of Indiana, David Capp, announced that Tiffany Thomas, 29, of South Bend, Indiana, was sentenced today for health care billing fraud and aggravated identity theft.
Thomas was sentenced to 61 months imprisonment and two years supervised release.
Urbana, Ill. – A November 2015 trial date has been scheduled for a Danville, Ill., man indicted on a charge of being a felon in possession of a firearm, as announced by Jim Lewis, U.S. Attorney for the Central District of Illinois. A trial date of Nov. 24, 2015, has been set for Dashun W. Avery, 20, of the 800 block of N. Bowman Ave.
The indictment, returned early this month, had remained sealed pending Avery’s court appearance before U.S. Magistrate Judge Eric I. Long on Friday, Sept. 18. Judge Long ordered that Avery remain detained in U.S. Marshals Service custody.
Urbana, Ill. – A Charleston, Ill., man, Arnett Deshaun Brown, 42, made his initial appearance in federal court today in Urbana. Brown, aka Shaun, of the 1500 block of Woodlawn, was indicted on charges of possession of heroin, crack cocaine, and marijuana with intent to distribute and possession of firearms by a felon in early September; however the indictment remained sealed pending Brown’s court appearance. Brown appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Eric I. Long who ordered that Brown remain detained in the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service. Trial has been scheduled on Nov.
CHICAGO — A Naperville engineer who severed critical communication cables at an air-traffic control center in Aurora – causing thousands of flight cancellations and delays throughout the country – was sentenced today to 12 ½years in federal prison.