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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Northern District of Indiana

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, August 2, 2013

Week In Review – Fort Wayne

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASECONTACT: Mary Hatton

www.usdoj.gov/usao/inn/ CELL: (219) 314-9993

mary.hatton@usdoj.gov

Fort Wayne, Indiana —The United States Attorney’s Office announced the following activity in Federal Court:

PLEA:

Gerardo Martinez-Gaston, 42, of Fort Wayne, Indiana, pled guilty before Magistrate Judge Roger B. Cosbey to the felony offense of conspiracy to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute cocaine. Magistrate Cosbey is recommending that the district court accept the tendered guilty plea.Parties have 10 days in which to object to the magistrate judge’s recommendation. This investigation was conducted by the FBI Fort Wayne Safe Streets Task Force and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives.  The Fort Wayne Safe Streets Task Force is comprised of FBI agents and officers from the Indiana State Police, Allen County Police Department, and Fort Wayne Police Department.  The New Haven Police Department, Steuben County Sheriff's Department, Elkhart County Interdiction and Covert Enforcement Unit, South Bend Police Department, and IMAGE Drug Task Force assisted with this investigation. This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Lesley Miller Lowery.

Joseph R Topp, 20, of Angola, Indiana, pled guilty before Magistrate Judge Roger B. Cosbey to the felony offense of distribution of child pornography. Magistrate Cosbey is recommending that the district court accept the tendered guilty plea.Parties have 10 days in which to object to the magistrate judge’s recommendation. This case resulted from an investigation by members of the Indiana Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, including the Federal Bureau of Investigation Cyber Crime Task Force.This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Lesley Miller Lowery.

If convicted in court, any specific sentence to be imposed will be determined by the judge after a consideration of federal sentencing statutes and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines.

DISPOSITIONS:

Brenna Underwood, 27, of Fort Wayne, Indiana was sentenced by District Judge Theresa L. Springmann to 1 year of probation after pleading guilty to the felony offense of maintaining a drug involved premises.According to documents filed in this case, Underwood managed a building in Fort Wayne for the use and manufacture of crack cocaine. This case was the result of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Drug Enforcement Administration.This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Anthony Geller.

James Rogers, 29, of Fort Wayne, Indiana, was sentenced by District Judge Theresa Springmann to 46 months of imprisonment and 2 years of supervised release after pleading guilty to the felony offense of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. According to documents filed in this case, Rogers was convicted in 2003 for distribution of crack cocaine. This case was the result of an investigation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Lovita Morris-King.

Ku-La Lwin, 19, of Fort Wayne, Indiana, was sentenced by District Judge Theresa Springmann to 24 months imprisonment and 2 years of supervised release after pleading guilty to the felony offense of receipt and possession of a non-registered short barreled shotgun. According to documents filed in this case, Lwin was in possession of a New England 12 gauge sawed off shotgun with both the barrel and stock illegally modified.This case was the result of an investigation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Tina Nommay.

Leonard Riley, 21, of Fort Wayne, Indiana, was sentenced by District Judge Theresa Springmann to 21 months of imprisonment and 2 years of supervised release after pleading guilty to the felony offense of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.According to documents filed in this case, Riley was arrested while in possession of a handgun and had been previously convicted of auto theft.This case was the result of an investigation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Lovita Morris-King.

Updated April 30, 2015