For Immediate Release
Wednesday, September 12, 2018
, United States Attorney
Scott C. Blader
Contact: AUSA Assigned
Grand Jury Returns Indictments
St. Paul Field Division
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.
Madison Man Charged with Illegally Possessing Firearm
Kendal J. Harris, 24, Madison, Wisconsin, is charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm. The indictment alleges that on August 27, 2018, Harris possessed a loaded 9mm pistol.
If convicted, Harris faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in federal prison. The charge against him is the result of an investigation by the Madison Police Department’s Violent Crime Unit and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. The prosecution of this case is being handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney Rita Rumbelow.
The charge against Harris has been brought as part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), the U.S. Justice Department’s program to reduce violent crime. The PSN approach emphasizes coordination between state and federal prosecutors and all levels of law enforcement to address gun crime, especially felons illegally possessing firearms and ammunition and violent and drug crimes that involve the use of firearms.
Man Charged with Injuring Federal Prison Employee
Todd Stands Alone, 38, formerly of McLaughlin, South Dakota, an inmate of the Federal Correctional Institution at Oxford, Wisconsin, is charged with resisting and interfering with an employee of the Federal Bureau of Prisons while the employee was engaged in her official duties. The indictment alleges that the incident took place on March 1, 2018, and by doing so, Stands Alone inflicted bodily injury on the employee.
If convicted, Stands Alone faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in federal prison. The charge against him is the result of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The prosecution of this case is being handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney Julie Pfluger.
Two Charged with Illegally Reentering U.S.
In separate and unrelated indictments, two men have been charged with illegally reentering the United States after previously being deported. The indictments allege that Jorge Neplaly Carias-Vindel, 43, a citizen of Honduras found in Darlington, Wisconsin, and Jacinto Gomez-Lopez, 27, a citizen of Mexico found in Lancaster, Wisconsin, were found in the United States on August 23, 2018 and September 7, 2018, respectively.
If convicted, each man faces a maximum penalty of two years in federal prison. The charges against them are the result of investigations by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. The prosecution of Carias-Vindel is being handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney Elizabeth Altman and the prosecution of Gomez-Lopez is being handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney Kevin Burke.
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