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


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


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


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


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


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.

Kankakee Felon To Serve 12 Years In Federal Prison For Drug, Gun Charges


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 Man Sentenced to 37 Months in Federal Prison for Trafficking Dozens of Guns From Indiana to the Streets of Chicago


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.

Vermilion County Man Indicted on Gun Charge


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.

Coles County Man Indicted on Drug and Gun Charges


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.

Naperville Engineer Sentenced to 12 1/2 Years in Prison for Cutting Communication Cables and Setting Fire to Air Traffic Control Center in Aurora


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.

East St. Louis Man Pleads Guilty to Drug Trafficking, Firearms Offenses, and Obstruction of Justice


On September 8, 2015, Ayiko L. Paulette, 40, of East St. Louis, Illinois, pled guilty to a superseding indictment charging him with 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, Stephen R. Wigginton, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced today.

Man Sentenced To Federal Prison for Drug Conspiracy and Firearm Offense


Stephen R. Wigginton, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced today that Christopher Jenkins, 42, of East St. Louis, Illinois, was sentenced today by United States District Court Judge David R. Herndon to 108 months in federal prison for conspiring to possess with intent to distribute at least 15 kilograms of cocaine and using or carrying firearms in furtherance of the drug conspiracy.

Three Convicted Felons from Chicago Area Indicted on Federal Firearm Offenses


CHICAGO — Three Chicago-area men with prior felony convictions have been indicted on federal gun charges for illegally possessing semiautomatic weapons.

THADDEUS JIMENEZ, 36, of Des Plaines, was arrested in Chicago last week while in possession of a loaded Kimber, Sapphire-model, .380-caliber semiautomatic pistol. He was charged with one count of being a felon-in-possession of a firearm, according to the indictment. Jimenez was previously convicted of a felony.

Rockford Man Arrested For Illegally Possessing A Firearm


ROCKFORD — A Rockford man was arrested today for illegally possessing a firearm. CLIFFORD HORTON, 27, of Rockford, Ill., was charged yesterday by a federal grand jury in Rockford for possessing a .380 caliber pistol as a convicted felon. Horton is scheduled to be arraigned today at 1:00 p.m. before U.S. Magistrate Judge Iain D. Johnston in federal court in Rockford.

Grand Jury Indicts Decatur Man on Charges of Murder and Hobbs Act Robbery


Springfield, Ill. – A federal grand jury today returned a five-count indictment that charges Kelton Snyder, of Decatur, Ill., in the April 3, 2015, armed robbery of the Circle K convenience store and the April 5, 2015, murder of Paige Mars, also of Decatur. Snyder, 23, is charged with conspiring to commit the armed robbery and commission of the robbery in interference with commerce, known as the Hobbs Act; murder; brandishing a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence, and possession of a firearm by a felon. 

Law Enforcement Requesting Public’s Help in Locating Missing Individuals Jina Anwaya and Shlimon Shimon


Chicago, IL. – The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), the Chicago Police Department, the Skokie Police Department, and the Winnebago County Sheriff’s Police request the public’s help in locating the whereabouts of Jina Anwaya (photo below) and Shlimon Shimon (photo below) who were last seen together on January 3, 2015 at approximately 1:50 pm leaving a Walmart department store located at 7219 Walton St.