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United States Attorney David Capp

Northern District of Indiana

M01-204 S. Main Street

South Bend, IN 46601



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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                         CONTACT: Mary L. Hatton April 2, 2010                                                                                    PHONE: (219) 937-5603 www.usdoj.gov/usao/inn/                                                                   Fax: (219) 852-2770ACTIVITY IN FEDERAL COURT - SOUTH BEND

South Bend, IN—The United States Attorney's Office announced:Jermel C. Thomas, 33, of Michigan City, Indiana, plead guilty on 3/22/10 before Judge Robert L. Miller, Jr., to being a felon in possession of a firearm. Thomas has three felony convictions from LaPorte County. One in 2002 for Battery. The other two were in 2007 for felon in possession, and Distribution of Cocaine. After these convictions, on May 12, 2009 in Michigan City, Indiana, Thomas possessed a silver Taurus Model 605 .357 magnum 5 shot revolver and 2 live .357 magnum Winchester cartridges. This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Firearms, Tobacco, and Explosives, and was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney John Maciejczyk.

Donald Leach, 42, of Wagener, South Carolina , was sentenced on 3/22/10 by Judge Robert Miller, Jr. to 27 months imprisonment and 3 years of supervised release after pleading guilty to failure to register as a sex offender. Leach was convicted of child molesting in Wabash County in 1990. This case was investigated by the US Marshals Service and the Warsaw County Sheriff’s Department, and was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney John Maciejczyk.

David Regalado, 35, of Knox, Indiana, plead guilty on 3/23/10 before Magistrate Judge Christopher Nuechterlein to possessing ammunition after having been convicted of a felony. Regalado had a 2009 felony conviction for intimidation, and a 2009 misdemeanor conviction for domestic battery. This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Firearms, Tobacco, and Explosives and the Knox Police Department, and was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Jesse Barrett.

Kevin Bowen, 37, of South Bend, Indiana, plead guilty on 3/26/10 before Magistrate Judge Christopher Nuechterlein to bank robbery by force or violence of the Bank of America on Ireland Road, South Bend in October, 2009. Sentencing has been set for June 14, 2010. This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Frank Schaffer.

Angelica Tate, 47, of Rochester, Indiana, plead guilty on 3/29/10 before Judge Robert Miller, Jr., to theft of public money, property or records. Sentencing has been set for July 14, 2010. This case was investigated by the Social Security Administration, and is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Jesse Barrett.

Tony Frary, 38, of Mishiwaka, Indiana, was sentenced on 3/29/10 by Judge Robert Miller, Jr. to 12 months and 1 day imprisonment and 3 years of supervised release after pleading guilty to lying to federal law enforcement agents during the investigation of stolen firearms. This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Firearms, Tobacco, and Explosives, and was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Donald Schmid.

The specific sentence in each case to be imposed upon conviction will be determined by the judge after a consideration of federal sentencing statutes and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines.