Chicago Field Division

Three Kankakee Area Felons Sentenced to Prison for Illegal Possession of Firearms


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 Man Indicted on Federal Charges for Allegedly Illegally Selling and Possessing Firearms


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.

Des Plaines Man Sentenced To More Than 17½ Years in Federal Prison for Murder-For-Hire of Estranged Wife and Her Friends


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.

14 Area Defendants, Including 12 Felons, Charged with Illegally Possessing or Selling Firearms; More Than 100 Guns Seized


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.

Week in Review – Fort Wayne


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 Woman Charged With Solicitation for Aggravated Vehicular Hijacking


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.

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