Octavius Thomas, 31, of East St. Louis, Illinois was sentenced today in the United States District Court to 52 months in prison for Felon in Possession of a Firearm, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Stephen R. Wigginton, has announced. Thomas was also ordered to pay a fine of $500, a $100 special assessment and to serve a term of 2 years of supervised release following imprisonment. Thomas has been in custody since his arrest on August 28, 2014.
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CHICAGO ― Ten assorted pistols, rifles, shotguns, and a revolver have been seized and a Palos Hills man is facing federal firearms charges as a result of an investigation led by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. Over the course of the investigation, the defendant illegally sold eight firearms to a confidential informant, and two additional firearms were seized from the defendant’s residence at the time of his arrest in March 2015.
CHICAGO — A Naperville man was charged by information today on 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 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 arraigned at a date yet to be determined in U.S. District Court and remains in federal custody since his arrest in September 2014.
A Centralia resident pleaded guilty on April 29, 2015, in United States District Court for burglarizing the Buchheit of Centralia farm and home supply store and stealing thirty nine guns, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Stephen R. Wigginton, announced today. Dakota R. Moss, 19, faces a maximum of up to 40 years in prison for his crimes.
Moss was arrested days after the burglary and indicted by a federal grand jury in December 2014. Moss’ accomplice was not identified because that person is a juvenile.
HAMMOND – Two alleged members of the Two Six Nation street gang were indicted on attempted murder and firearms charges.
Charles Luis Garcia-Berrios, 22, and Julio Ivan Cartagena, 24, both of Hammond Indiana, were indicted on Wednesday, April 15, 2015 in the Northern District of Indiana on charges of attempted murder in aid of racketeering and use of a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence. The charges arise from a car chase and shooting that occurred on August 31, 2013, during which stray rounds penetrated the house of a Hammond Police Department officer.
ROCKFORD — Two Chicago area men were arrested today after being indicted yesterday by a federal grand jury in Rockford and charged with conspiring to manufacture, possess and distribute 1,000 or more marijuana plants. Arrested were: GEORGE H. BACUS, 51, of Niles, Ill., and JEREMIAH N. CLEMENT, 37, of Des Plaines, Ill. Also charged in the indictment were YOUSIF Y. PIRA, 62, of Chicago, Ill., and JUSTIN T. PAGLUSCH, 33, of Ingleside, Ill. The indictment alleges that between Jan. 2, 2013, and Jan.
SOUTH BEND – United States Attorney for the Northern District of Indiana, David Capp, announced that Isaiah M. Samelton, 20, of South Bend, Indiana, was sentenced today, for being a felon in possession of a firearm.
Samelton was sentenced to 42 months imprisonment and 3 years of supervised release.
Urbana, Ill. B Two men with prior felony convictions that designated them as career offenders, cousins Jermaine R. Speed and Rico J. Speed were sentenced today to 18 years in federal prison, and a third man, Charles D. Nance, was sentenced to nearly 10 years in prison, for illegal possession of firearms and distribution of crack cocaine, as announced by U.S. Attorney Jim Lewis, Central District of Illinois. The men have been in the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service since their arrests in September 2014.
Urbana, Ill. B Three Kankakee area men, with prior felony convictions, have been sentenced to federal prison terms for illegal possession of firearms, as announced by U.S. Attorney Jim Lewis, Central District of Illinois. The men, who have been in the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service since their arrests in September 2014, were sentenced on Friday, Feb. 20. Antwon T. Crite, 38, last known address St. Anne, Ill., was sentenced to 10 years (120 months) in prison.
CHICAGO ― A Chicago man was indicted on federal firearms charges alleging that he illegally sold firearms and illegally possessed nearly two dozen firearms, including assault rifles, handguns, and shotguns earlier this year. All of the firearms were seized by ATF agents following alleged purchases by an undercover confidential source, federal law enforcement officials announced today.
CHICAGO — A former Des Plaines man who solicited two undercover law enforcement officers to kill his estranged wife and her friends was sentenced today to 17 years and 7 months in federal prison. The defendant, ZENON GRZEGORCZYK, has been in federal custody since he was arrested and charged in May 2012, following an investigation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. He pleaded guilty this past July in U.S. District Court.
CHICAGO ― More than 100 assorted pistols, revolvers, rifles, and shotguns have been seized and 14 Chicago area defendants are facing federal firearms charges as a result of an investigation that ended yesterday and was led by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. ATF agents, together with Chicago police and other state and local law enforcement partners, executed arrest and search warrants yesterday and seized 17 firearms from a residence in Gary, Ind.
K-9 Deja is an Explosives Detection Canine (EDC), and is trained to find explosives and firearms-related evidence. Deja came to ATF through the Puppy Behind Bars organization. She is an enthusiastic worker and lives with her family near Chicago, but travels and works nationwide. When K-9 Deja is off duty, she loves to swim, play, and chase grasshoppers.
Fort Wayne, Indiana —The United States Attorney’s Office announced the following activity in Federal Court: Derek Davenport, 28, of Fort Wayne, Indiana was sentenced to a total of 90 months imprisonment with 2 years supervised release after pleading guilty to the felony offenses of possession with the intent to distribute a controlled substance, carrying a firearm during a drug trafficking offense and being a felon in possession of a firearm.
South Elgin, IL. – The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) along with the Elgin Police Department, Cook County Sheriff’s Police, Chicago Police Department, and the DuPage County Metropolitan Enforcement Group announce the following:
On February 25, 2014, Michelle Leigh Bertoncini, age 39, of South Elgin, IL. was charged with: 2 Counts, Solicitation for Aggravated Vehicular Hijacking with a Firearm, Class 1 Felony. 2 Counts, Solicitation for Unlawful Vehicular Invasion, Class 2 Felony.
Fort Wayne, Indiana - The United States Attorney's Office announced that a Grand Jury sitting in Fort Wayne, Indiana, returned the following Indictments on February 26, 2014: