St. Paul Field Division

Felon Sentenced to Eight Years in Prison for Illegally Possessing Handgun

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United States Attorney Andrew M. Luger today announced the sentencing of TOMMY MICHAEL SPACK, 32, to eight years in prison for illegally possessing a firearm after having been previously convicted of multiple felonies in both Ramsey and Washington Counties. SPACK was indicted on February 3, 2014. The defendant pleaded guilty on May 8, 2014, and was sentenced today before Judge Ann D. Montgomery in U.S. District Court in Minneapolis, Minn.

Former Minneapolis School Cook Sentenced to 30 Months in Prison for Acting as Straw Purchaser for Convicted Felon

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United States Attorney Andrew M. Luger today announced the sentencing of ANGELA CARTER, 33, to 30 months in federal prison for acting as a straw purchaser of two handguns. CARTER was indicted on May 12, 2014, and pleaded guilty on July 28, 2014, to one count of Causing a False Statement to be Maintained in the Records of a Federal Firearms Licensee. The defendant was sentenced on March 10, 2015, before Judge John R. Tunheim in U.S. District Court in Minneapolis, Minn.

Minot Man Sentenced for Felon in Possession of Ammunition

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BISMARCK – U.S. Attorney Timothy Q. Purdon announced that on March 6, 2015, Jerome Bradley Fletcher, 38, Minot, N.D., was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Daniel L. Hovland on a count of possession of ammunition by a convicted felon. Judge Hovland sentenced Fletcher to serve four years and three months in federal prison, to be followed by three years of supervised release. Fletcher was also ordered to pay a $100 special assessment to the Crime Victim’s Fund.

Beloit Man Sentenced for Distributing Heroin

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MADISON, WIS. -- John W. Vaudreuil, United States Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin, announced that Marcus Payton, 30, Beloit, Wis., was sentenced yesterday by Chief U.S. District Judge William M. Conley to 84 months in federal prison, to be followed by three years of supervised release, for distributing heroin. Payton pleaded guilty to this crime on December 30, 2014, and has remained in custody since his guilty plea.

Williston Man Sentenced for Possession of Firearms and Ammunition by a Convicted Felon

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BISMARCK – U.S. Attorney Timothy Q. Purdon announced that on Feb. 23, 2015, Gabriel Lazaro Garcia-Hernandez, a/k/a Gabriel L. Garcia, 54, Williston, N.D., was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Daniel L. Hovland on a charge of possession of firearm and ammunition by a convicted felon and possession of a firearm with an obliterated serial number. Garcia was convicted on October 29, 2014, by a federal jury.

New ULM Felon Sentenced to 25 Years in Prison for Illegal Possession of Firearms and Ammunition

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United States Attorney Andrew M. Luger announced the sentencing of BUCK OTTO WHITE a/k/a “TIMOTHY JOSEPH HOFFMAN,” 50, to 300 months in federal prison for illegally possessing stolen firearms and ammunition. WHITE was charged on April 7, 2014, with two counts of possession of firearms and ammunition by a convicted felon and two counts of possession of stolen firearms and ammunition. On April 25, 2014, following a three-day trial, a federal jury found WHITE guilty on all counts. The defendant was sentenced on February 13, 2015, before Judge Joan N. Ericksen in U.S.

Jury Finds Rosebud Man Guilty of Possession of an Unregistered Firearm and Prohibited Person in Possession of a Firearm

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United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that Clyde Aquallo, age 40, of Rosebud, South Dakota, was convicted of Possession of an Unregistered Firearm and Prohibited Person in Possession of a Firearm, following a four-day jury trial in Pierre, South Dakota. The verdict was returned on January 30, 2015.

The jury found Aquallo not guilty of Assault with a Dangerous Weapon, Using and Carrying a Firearm During and In Relation to a Crime of Violence, and Distribution of a Controlled Substance.

Eagle Butte Man Sentenced for Possession of a Stolen Firearm

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United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that an Eagle Butte, South Dakota, man convicted of Possession of a Stolen Firearm was sentenced on February 2, 2015, by U.S. District Judge Roberto A. Lange. Shilo Hill, a/k/a Shilo Robideau, age 19, was sentenced to 2 months in custody, 18 months of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.

Michael Ronald Garant Charged with Illegally Acquiring Firearms on Behalf of Another Person

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United States Attorney Andrew M. Luger today announced a criminal complaint charging MICHAEL RONALD GARANT, 42, for acting as a straw purchaser of three firearms for Ray Kmetz. GARANT is charged by complaint with making a false statement to acquire firearms on behalf of another person.[1] GARANT will appear today before Magistrate Judge Steven Rau in U.S. District Court in St. Paul, Minn.

Eagle Butte Man Sentenced for Possession of a Firearm by Prohibited Person

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United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that an Eagle Butte, South Dakota, man convicted of Possession of a Firearm by a Prohibited Person was sentenced on January 26, 2015, by U.S. District Judge Roberto A. Lange.

Philip Nordvold, age 36, was sentenced to 16 months in custody, 2 years of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.

Nordvold was indicted for Possession of a Firearm by a Prohibited Person by a federal grand jury on August 19, 2014. He pled guilty to the charge on October 21, 2014.

Williston Man Sentenced on Two Counts of Possession of a Firearm and Ammunition

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BISMARCK - U. S. Attorney Timothy Q. Purdon announced that on Jan. 12, 2015, Ronald Keith Edwards Gibbons, 28, Williston, N.D., was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Daniel L. Hovland on two counts of possession of firearm and ammunition by a convicted felon. Judge Hovland sentenced Gibbons to serve seven years and six months in federal prison, to be followed by three years of supervised release on each count to be served concurrently. Gibbons was ordered to pay a $200 special assessment to the Crime Victim’s Fund.

Williston Man Sentenced for Possession of Firearm and Ammunition

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BISMARCK - U. S. Attorney Timothy Q. Purdon announced that on Jan. 12, 2015, Michael John Schell, 44, Williston, N.D., was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Daniel L. Hovland on a charge of possession of firearm and ammunition by a convicted felon. Judge Hovland sentenced Schell to serve seven years in federal prison, to be followed by three years of supervised release. Schell was ordered to pay a $100 special assessment to the Crime Victim’s Fund.

Eden Prairie Man Pleads Guilty to Illegally Buying and Selling Smokeless Tobacco Products

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United States Attorney Andrew M. Luger today announced the guilty plea of DMITRI SOUDAKOV, 41, for the illegal purchase and transport of smokeless tobacco. The defendant pleaded guilty on January 5, 2015, before Judge David S. Doty in U.S. District Court in Minneapolis, Minn., to one count of Shipment, Transport, Receipt, Possession, Sale, Distribution and Purchase of Contraband Smokeless Tobacco.

Jury Finds Pierce County Man Guilty of Gun Crimes

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Madison, Wis. - John W. Vaudreuil, United States Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin, announced that Michael Allan Hancock, 41, Pierce County, Wis., was found guilty of two gun crimes after a two-day trial in U.S. District Court in Madison. Hancock was found guilty of being a felon in possession of a firearm, a J.C. Higgins 20 gauge shotgun, and of possessing a sawed-off shotgun. The jury reached their verdict this afternoon after approximately two hours of deliberation.

Watertown Man Sentenced for his role in “Operation Black Widow”

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United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that a Watertown, South Dakota, man convicted of Conspiracy to Distribute a Controlled Substance was sentenced on December 29, 2014, by U.S. District Judge Karen E. Schreier.  Patricio Rodriguez Pena, age 56, was sentenced to 180 months in prison, to be followed by 5 years of supervised release.  Pena was indicted for Conspiracy to Distribute 50 Grams or More of Methamphetamine by a federal grand jury on July 9, 2013. He pled guilty to the offense on October 6, 2014.

California Man Sentenced for Possession of an Unregistered Firearm

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United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that a Fontana, California, man convicted of Possession of an Unregistered Firearm was sentenced on December 16, 2014, by Chief Judge Jeffrey L. Viken, U.S. District Court.

Gregorio Aguirre, age 26, was sentenced to 24 months in custody, 3 years of supervised release, and ordered to pay a $100 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.

Cherry Creek Man Sentenced for Assault with a Dangerous Weapon

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United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that a Cherry Creek, South Dakota, man convicted of Assault with a Dangerous Weapon was sentenced on December 15, 2014, by U.S. District Judge Roberto A. Lange.

Kelly Romero, age 27, was sentenced to 14 months in custody, 18 months of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.

Romero was indicted by a federal grand jury on July 17, 2013. He pled guilty on September 22, 2014.

Rapid City Man Convicted of Drug Conspiracy

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United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that Luis Olivares, age 42, of Rapid City, South Dakota, was found guilty of Conspiracy to Distribute Methamphetamine, Possession of Firearms During a Drug Trafficking Crime, Felon and Fugitive in Possession of Firearms, Possession of Methamphetamine with the Intent to Distribute, and Distribution of Methamphetamine. The federal jury returned the guilty verdict on December 10, 2014, at the conclusion of an eight-day jury trial in Rapid City.

Grand Jury Returns Indictments

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MADISON, WIS. -- A federal grand jury in the Western District of Wisconsin, sitting in Madison, returned the following indictments today.  You are advised that a charge is merely an accusation and that a defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

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Grand Jury Returns Indictments

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MADISON, WIS. -- A federal grand jury in the Western District of Wisconsin, sitting in Madison, returned the following indictments today. You are advised that a charge is merely an accusation and that a defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

REEDSBURG MAN CHARGED WITH GUN CRIME

Keith Gary, 44, Reedsburg, Wis., is charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition. The indictment alleges that on November 13, 2014, he possessed a .32 caliber revolver and ammunition.

Beloit Man Sentenced to 72 Months on Crack Cocaine Charge

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MADISON, WIS. -- John W. Vaudreuil, United States Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin, announced that William Ellis, 28, Beloit, Wis., was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge James Peterson to 72 months in federal prison for possessing crack cocaine with the intent to distribute it.  Ellis pleaded guilty to this charge on September 24, 2014.

Two Beloit Residents Charged with Heroin Conspiracy

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MADISON, WIS. -- John W. Vaudreuil, United States Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin, announced the unsealing of an indictment charging Charles A. Evans, 40, and Tiana L. Williams, 24, both of Beloit, Wis., with participating in a conspiracy to possess and distribute heroin from May to September 2014. 
 
The indictment was returned on October 29 by a grand jury sitting in Madison, and was unsealed following the arrest of the defendants in Beloit yesterday.
 

Grand Jury Returns Indictments

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MADISON, WIS. -- A federal grand jury in the Western District of Wisconsin, sitting in Madison, returned the following indictments yesterday. You are advised that a charge is merely an accusation and that a defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

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