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United States Attorney David Capp

Northern District of Indiana

5400 Federal Plaza, Suite 1500

Hammond, IN 46320




FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                         CONTACT: Mary L. Hatton

August 27, 2010                                                                                 PHONE: (219) 937-5603

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



ACTIVITY IN FEDERAL COURT - HAMMOND

 

 

 

Hammond, IN—The United States Attorney's Office announced the following activity in federal court:

 

Montrell Jolly, 20, of the 400 block of Taft Place, Gary, Indiana, was sentenced by Senior Judge Rudy Lozano to 30 months imprisonment and 2 years of supervised release after pleading guilty to count 4s of an indictment charging him with bank robbery by force or violence of the Centier Bank in Highland, Indiana in November, 2008 in the case US v Washington et al. Jolly was ordered to pay restitution of $7,488.00. This case was the result of an investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Thomas Ratcliffe.

 

Lawrence Zitt, 41, of Michigan City, Indiana, pled guilty before Senior Judge Rudy Lozano to count one of an indictment charging him with conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute heroin. These charges were filed as the result of an investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Porter County Drug Task Force, the Michigan City Police Department, the Indiana State Police, and the LaPorte Metro Operations Drug Task Force. This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Joshua Kolar.

 

Peter Tryand, 56, of Sylvan Drive, Valparaiso, Indiana, pled guilty before Senior Judge Rudy Lozano to count one of an indictment charging him with conspiracy to commit wire fraud in a scheme to defraud federally licensed firearms dealers. These charges were filed as the result of an investigation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms. This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Jacqueline Jacobs.

 

 Daniel Gallagher, 52, of Las Vegas, Nevada, pled guilty before Senior Judge Rudy Lozano to count one of an information charging him with conspiracy to commit wire fraud in a scheme to defraud federally licensed firearms dealers. These charges were filed as the result of an investigation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms. This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Jacqueline Jacobs.

 

Lester Muhammad, 33, of University Park, Illinois, pled guilty before Magistrate Judge Andrew Rodovich to count one of an indictment charging him with being a felon in possession of a firearm. Muhammad was previously convicted of possession of a controlled substance in 2007. These charges were filed as the result of an investigation the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms. This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Joshua Kolar.

 

 

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.