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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, March 1, 2013

Week In Review – South Bend



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASECONTACT: Mary L. Hatton

www.usdoj.gov/usao/inn/ Fax: (219) 852-2770

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

PLEAS:

Larry Harris, Jr., 25, of South Bend, Indiana, pled guilty before Magistrate Judge Christopher Nuechterlein to the felony offense of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.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 6/5/13.These charges were filed as a result of an investigation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the South Bend Police Department.This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Donald Schmid.

Aurelio Guerra, 46, of Weslaco, Texas, a defendant in the case US v Doty et al., pled guilty before Magistrate Judge Christopher Nuechterlein to the felony offenses of distribution of marijuana and possession of a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking.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 6/21/13.These charges were filed as a result of an investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Laporte County prosecutor’s office as well as the drug unit for Laporte County and the ICE unit for Elkhart County.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:

Willie Caldwell, of South Bend, Indiana, was sentenced by District Judge Jon DeGuilio to 70 months imprisonment and 3 years of supervised release after pleading guilty to the felony offenses of possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.According to documents filed by the government in this case, Caldwell admitted he was distributing marijuana and possessed a Ruger .45 pistol and a Winchester rifle.Law enforcement executed a search warrant at his home and recovered the pistol, the rifle, assorted ammunition, 18 baggies of marijuana and a scale.This case was the result of an investigation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the South Bend Police Department.This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Donald Schmid.

Oliver Collins, 49, of Key West, Florida, was sentenced by District Judge Jon DeGuilio to 2 years of supervised release, 6 months of location monitoring on home detention and restitution of $32,542 after pleading guilty to the felony offense of theft from a program receiving federal funds.According to documents filed by the government in this case, Collins admitted that he purchased a camera valued at over $5,000 in July of 2005 with funds granted by the National Science Foundation for a science project through the University of Notre Dame. The project had received over $10,000 in a one year period under the grant. He purchased the camera for personal, professional use, and to assist himself on the grant work. However, the camera was not part of the approved grant or project approved by the NSF nor did he get approval to use the camera for personal matters. This case was the result of an investigation by the National Science Foundation.This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Frank Schaffer.

Updated April 30, 2015