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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
HAMMOND – United States Attorney for the Northern District of Indiana, David Capp, announced today that Schickell Best, 27, of Gary, Indiana was sentenced to 51 months imprisonment and 2 years of supervised release by District Court Judge James Moody after pleading guilty to being a felon in possession of 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.
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.
HAMMOND - United States Attorney David A. Capp announced today that Brent A. Garrett, 38 of Bluffton, Indiana was charged with knowingly possessing firearms, including machineguns and other firearms, which were not registered to him in the National Firearms Registration and Transfer Record.
CHICAGO — Two dozen defendants are facing federal drug charges after a two-and-a-half-year investigation uncovered their roles in trafficking wholesale amounts of cocaine and heroin and distributing it in the Chicago area and Wisconsin.
Chicago – The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), the Chicago Police Department, the Skokie Police Department, the Rockford Fire and Police Departments and the Winnebago County Sheriff’s Police request the public’s help in locating federal fugitive Justin Thomas Paglusch.
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.