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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

Three Alleged Indiana Gang Members Charged with Murder in Aid of Racketeering

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WASHINGTON – In two separate cases, two members of the Two Six nation and one member of the Latin Kings were indicted for murder in aid of racketeering and other offenses, announced Assistant Attorney General Leslie R. Caldwell of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division and U.S. Attorney David A. Capp of the Northern District of Indiana. 

Rockford Man Sentenced to 12 Years in Federal Prison for Drug-Trafficking and Firearm Offenses

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ROCKFORD — A Rockford man was sentenced yesterday in federal court on drug-trafficking and firearm charges. JARVIS WASHINGTON, 28, of Rockford, Ill., was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Frederick J. Kapala to a total of 12 years in federal prison, and ordered to serve 4 years of supervised release following his term of imprisonment. After a 3-day jury trial in U.S.

42 Defendants Facing State or Federal Drug Charges for Allegedly Selling Heroin on City’s West Side

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CHICAGO — Forty-two defendants are facing state or federal narcotics charges for their alleged roles in supplying and distributing heroin in the area of West Grenshaw Street and Independence Boulevard, in the North Lawndale neighborhood on the city’s west side.  An investigation led by officers of the Chicago Police Department and agents of the Drug Enforcement Administration assigned to the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (“HIDTA”) Task Force, resulted in federal charges against 16 defendants and state charges against 26 others, who police and federal agents began arresting early this

Member of the Imperial Gangsters Sentenced to 25 Years in Prison for Murder and Racketeering Conspiracy

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WASHINGTON – A member of the Imperial Gangsters street gang was sentenced to 25 years in prison for murder and conspiracy to participate in racketeering activity, announced Assistant Attorney General Leslie R. Caldwell of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division and U.S. Attorney David A. Capp of the Northern District of Indiana.

Julian Guillermo Serna, aka Big Ju, 25, of Munster, Indiana, pleaded guilty to the charges on Dec. 27, 2013.  Chief U.S. District Court Judge Philip P. Simon of the Northern District of Indiana imposed the sentence. 

Leader of Imperial Gangsters Sentenced to Life in Prison for Five Murders, One Attempted Murder, and Other Gang Related Crimes

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WASHINGTON – A leader of the Imperial Gangsters street gang was sentenced today to life in prison for five counts of murder in aid of racketeering and other RICO-related charges, announced Assistant Attorney General Leslie R. Caldwell of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division and U.S. Attorney David A. Capp of the Northern District of Indiana. 

Juan Briseno, aka Tito, 25, of Hammond, Indiana, was sentenced by Chief Judge Philip P. Simon of the Northern District of Indiana to a total of six life sentences plus 10 years in prison.  The sentences will run consecutively. 

Naperville Man Pleads Guilty to Setting Fire to Chicago Air Route Traffic Control Center in Aurora

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CHICAGO — A Naperville man pled guilty today to federal charges he set fire to the Chicago Air Route Traffic Control Center in Aurora on September 26, 2014, federal law enforcement officials announced today. Brian Howard, 37, of Naperville, was charged by information earlier this month with one count of willfully setting fire to, damaging, destroying or disabling an air navigation facility; and one count of using fire to commit a federal felony. Howard will be sentenced on September 11, 2015 by U.S.

Kankakee Felon to Serve Nearly Six Years in Federal Prison for Weapons Charges

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Urbana, Ill. B Roosevelt Smith, 22, of the 1300 block of South 7th Avenue, Kankakee, Ill., was sentenced on Monday to serve 70 months (five years, 10 months) in federal prison for illegal possession of firearms by a felon, as announced by U.S. Attorney Jim Lewis, Central District of Illinois. Smith has been in the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service since his arrest in September 2014. 

Charles R. Seals of Fort Wayne Sentenced

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FORT WAYNE – The United States Attorney for the Northern District of Indiana, David Capp, announces that today, Charles R. Seals, 25, of Fort Wayne, Indiana, was sentenced to a total of 228 months (19 years) of imprisonment along with a term of 2 years of supervised release following his plea of guilty to the felony offenses of armed bank robbery, brandishing a firearm during and in relation to a federal crime of violence, and assaulting and impeding a postal employee.

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