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Convicted Felon From Hickory Hills Sentenced to More Than Six Years in Prison for Illegally Possessing Rifles and a Shotgun

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CHICAGO — A convicted felon from southwest suburban Hickory Hills was sentenced today to more than six years in federal prison for illegally possessing several firearms with obliterated serial numbers.

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 sale.

Three Sets of Father and Son Among More Than 15 Defendants Charged with Dealing Cocaine and Heroin in Chicago and Surrounding Suburbs

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CHICAGO — More than 15 defendants, including three fathers and their sons, are facing federal or state drug charges for their alleged roles in dealing wholesale amounts of heroin and cocaine in Chicago and surrounding suburbs, authorities announced today.

Cahokia Woman Sentenced to 24 Months for Disposing of Firearm to Felon

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A Cahokia woman, who pled guilty to Disposing of a Firearm to a Felon, was sentenced to 24 months in federal prison on March 17, 2016, the Acting United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, James L. Porter, announced today. Kamia D. McLemore, 27, of Cahokia, Illinois, received a 24-month sentence for Disposing of a Firearm to Felon. Following release from imprisonment, McLemore will serve a one-year term of supervised release. McLemore was also fined $100, and was ordered to pay a $100 special assessment. McLemore pleaded guilty to the charges on November 24, 2015.

Rockford Man Sentenced for Illegally Possessing a Firearm

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ROCKFORD — A Rockford man was sentenced today in federal court by U.S. District Judge Frederick J. Kapala for illegally possessing a firearm as a convicted felon. CLIFFORD HORTON, 28, of Rockford, Ill., was sentenced to 86 months in federal prison, to be followed by 3 years of supervised release. Horton pleaded guilty to the charge on Dec. 15, 2015, and admitted that on Nov. 4, 2014, having previously been convicted as a felon, he possessed a Taurus .380 caliber pistol.

Convicted Felon from Chicago Indicted on Federal Firearm Offenses

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CHICAGO — A Chicago man with a prior felony conviction has been indicted on federal gun charges for illegally dealing and possessing firearms.

The indictment contends that LAZARO SALAS, 32, illegally dealt firearms from September 2013 to November 2015. Salas allegedly purchased between 40 and 60 guns through a straw purchaser and then later re-sold them, according to a federal criminal complaint and affidavit. Two of the firearms were later found in the possession of Chicago gang members, the complaint states.

Centralia Man Sentenced to Fourteen Years in Federal Prison for Possession of Firearms by Felon

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A Centralia man, who pled guilty to two counts of possession of a firearm by a felon, was sentenced to 168 months in federal prison on March 2, 2016, the Acting United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, James L. Porter, announced today. Darryll W. Kaufman, 25, of Centralia, Illinois, received a 168-month sentence, actually calculated as two 84-month sentences which were ordered to be served consecutively, one to the other, for possession of firearms by a felon. Following release from imprisonment, Kaufman will serve a 3-year term of supervised release.

State, Federal Law Enforcement Sweep Takes 19 Latin Kings off Streets; Investigation Yields Charges in Unsolved 2010 Murder of Woman

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JOLIET – A multi-jurisdictional law enforcement operation resulted in the arrests on Wednesday of roughly 19 Joliet area gang members on both federal and state charges including narcotics and weapons offenses.

In addition, the operation enabled Joliet police to arrest one individual on charges of first-degree murder in connection with the 2010 shooting death of Nichole Rodriguez in Joliet.

Chicago Woman Arrested on Federal Weapons Charges for Giving a Loaded Gun to a Minor for Use in a Murder

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CHICAGO — A federal indictment unsealed today charges a Chicago woman with giving a loaded .38 Special revolver to a minor, knowing that the minor would use it to commit a violent crime.

VANDETTA REDWOOD, 34, is charged with one count of transferring a firearm to a juvenile while knowing that the juvenile intended to use it in a crime of violence, and one count of possession of a firearm within 1,000 feet of a school zone.

Three Charged with Attempting to Provide or Possess Contraband in Prison

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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.

Cahokia Man Sentenced for Drug Trafficking, Firearms Offenses, and Obstruction of Justice

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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 Man Sentenced to More Than 16 Years in Prison for Selling Shotguns and Rifles Imported to Chicago from Indiana

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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.

Convicted Felon from Hickory Hills Pleads Guilty to Illegally Possessing Rifles and a Shotgun

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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 Resident Sentenced to More Than 19 Years in Federal Prison for Possessing a Gun as a Convicted Felon

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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.

Prosecutors, Officers And Agents Recognized by the Department Of Justice

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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,

Latin King and Two Six Nation Gangs Indicted

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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.

 

U.S. Attorney Zachary T. Fardon Hosts Third Community Roundtable to Discuss Strengthening Trust between the Public and Law Enforcement

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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.

West Suburban Drug Dealer Sentenced to 16 Years in Prison for Selling Dozens of Guns Later Used in Chicago Shootings

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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.

East St. Louis Man Sentenced for Firearm Offense

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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.

Darrell L. Duncan Sentenced for Being a Felon in Possession

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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.

 

Kankakee County Man Resentenced to Higher Prison Term for Repeated Trafficking of Crack Cocaine

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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.

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