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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, September 13, 2013

Week In Review – South Bend



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASECONTACT: Mary Hatton

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

mary.hatton@usdoj.gov

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

PLEA:

James Tolson, 39, of Wabash, Indiana, pled guilty before Magistrate Judge Christopher A Nuechterlein to the felony offense of being a felon in possession of firearm. Magistrate Nuechterlein 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. Sentencing is set for 12/12/2013.This charge was filed as a result of an investigation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives .This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Frank Schaffer.

Gary Wright, 32, of South Bend, Indiana, pled guilty before Magistrate Judge Christopher A. Nuechterlein to the felony offense of knowingly possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking offense. Magistrate Nuechterlein 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. Sentencing has been set for 12/17/2013.This charge was filed as a result of an investigation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Frank Schaffer.

Brock Crowe, 38, of North Delphi, Indiana, pled guilty before Magistrate Judge Christopher A. Nuechterlein to the felony offense of knowingly and intentionally conspiring to deliver over 500 grams of cocaine. Magistrate Nuechterlein 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. Sentencing has been set for 12/19/2013.This charge was filed as a result of an investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration.This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Frank Schaffer.

Nora Guardiola, 35, of Shelton, Illinois, pled guilty before Magistrate Judge Christopher A. Nuechterlein to the felony offense of knowingly and intentionally distributing cocaine. Magistrate Nuechterlein 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. Sentencing has been set for 12/1/2013.This charge was filed as a result of an investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration.This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Frank Schaffer.

Joseph Olivo, 33, of Rolling Prairie, Indiana, pled guilty before District Judge Jon E. DeGuilio to the felony offenses of conspiracy to distribute over 100 kilograms of marijuana, distribution of heroin, being a felon in possession of a firearm and maintaining a residence to distribute marijuana.Sentencing has been set for 12/5/2013.This case resulted from an investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney William Grimmer.

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:

Joseph Bradshaw, Jr, 31, of Warsaw, Indiana was sentenced by District Judge Robert L. Miller Jr. to 80 months imprisonment to be served consecutive to an undischarged term of imprisonment in Indiana cause number 71D02-1206-FB-00098 with 2 years supervised release after pleading guilty to the felony offense of being a felon in possession of a firearm.According to documents filed in this case, on April 7, 2011, Warsaw Police responded to a complaint of drug use and paraphernalia at a residence.The response led to officers finding a .22 cal. semi-automatic handgun at a second location.Bradshaw Jr. was questioned and admitted he stole the firearm from a relative. Mr. Bradshaw Jr. has theft and sexual battery felony convictions. 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 Frank Schaffer .

Ronald Brownlee, 47, of South Bend, Indiana was sentenced by District Judge Robert L. Miller Jr. to 60 months imprisonment with 2 years supervised release after pleading guilty to the felony offense of knowingly possessing a stolen firearm.According to documents filed in this case, on or about March 13, 2013, law enforcement searched Brownlee’s home in South Bend and recovered four stolen firearms.Upon further inspection, law enforcement was able to determine the weapons in question were not manufactured in Indiana and thus affected interstate or foreign commerce. 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 Frank Schaffer .

Darrius Agnew, 33, of Mishawaka, Indiana was sentenced by District Judge Robert L. Miller Jr. to 120 months imprisonment with 2 years supervised release after pleading guilty to the felony offense of possession of a stolen firearm.According to documents filed in this case, Agnew was on home detention under the supervision of the Ducomb Center in November 2012. Agnew refused to let a Ducomb Center employee into his apartment in early November 2012. Local law enforcement did later search Agnew’s residence and discovered firearms including an Uzi 9mm, a Springfield XD pistol and a Winchester 1400 MK II 12 gauge shotgun.Upon further inspection, it was determined the Springfield was reported stolen in 2011.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 Donald Schmid.

Brison Williams, 20, of South Bend, Indiana was sentenced by District Judge Robert L. Miller Jr to 97 months imprisonment and 2 years supervised release after pleading guilty to the felony offense of racketeering.According to documents filed in this case, in 2010 and 2011, Williams was a member of the criminal enterprise, Cash Out Boyz.During his time with the organization, Williams trafficked in marijuana and was involved in the confrontation of a Boyz member which led to a shooting and beating. Williams was also involved in additional numerous violent criminal activities.This case was the result of an investigation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the South Bend Police Department.This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Donald Schmid.

Updated April 30, 2015