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United States Attorney David Capp

Northern District of Indiana

5400 Federal Plaza, Suite 1500

Hammond, Indiana 46320



Hammond                                                 South Bend                                               Fort Wayne

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                         CONTACT: Mary L. Hatton

August 4, 2010                                                                                    PHONE: (219) 937-5500

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



ACTIVITY IN FEDERAL COURT - HAMMOND

 

 

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

 

Courtney Washington, 26 (3/27/84), of the 4900 block of East Chicago, Indiana, was charged by an indictment returned today with one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm. Washington was previously convicted of possession of a controlled substance within 1000 feet of a park, and criminal recklessness in 2006. This charge was filed as the result of an investigation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Firearms, Tobacco, and Explosives/HIDTA Task Force. This case has been assigned to and will be prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Dean Lanter.

 

Ulysses Frank Scott, 39 (7/31/61), of the 7400 block of Hendrick, Merrillville, Indiana, was charged by an indictment returned today with one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm and one count of possession of marijuana. Scott was previously convicted of drug trafficking, carrying a concealed weapon, possession of a firearm in the commission of a crime in 2000; unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon in 2005; and possession of a controlled substance in 1992. This charge was filed as the result of an investigation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Firearms, Tobacco, and Explosives/HIDTA Task Force. This case has been assigned to and will be prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Dean Lanter.

 

Eric Copeland, 28 (/8/18/82), of the 3900 block of Evergreen Street, East Chicago, Indiana, pled guilty before Senior Judge Rudy Lozano to count one of an indictment charging him with possession with the intent to distribute crack cocaine. These charges were filed as the result of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Joshua Kolar.

 

Froylan Sotelo-Diaz, 35 (10/6/74), of the 100 block of Victor Drive, Hobart, Indiana, plead guilty before Chief Judge Philip Simon to count one of an indictment charging him with conspiracy to distribute 500 grams or more of cocaine. These charges were filed as the result of an investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration HIDTA Task Force. This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Jennifer Chang-Adiga.

 

Anthony Jerome Bandy, 38 (10/31/71), of the 1900 block of Cleveland, Gary, Indiana, was sentenced by Senior Judge Rudy Lozano to 210 months of incarceration on count one of an indictment charging him with being a felon in possession of a firearm. The defendant pled guilty without the benefit of a plea agreement. A review of the defendant’s criminal history indicated that the defendant obtained 6 felony convictions and 9 misdemeanor convictions in a 14 year period. The defendant, who was found to be an Armed Career Criminal, had 24 criminal history points. The defendant had the following violent felonies convictions: (1) Burglary , on or about February 13, 2007, in the Superior Court of Lake County, Indiana; (2) Aggravated Assault, on or about May 20, 2003, in the Superior Court of Randolph County, Georgia; and (3) Burglary, on or about November 15, 2000, in the Superior Court of Randolph County, Georgia. These charges were filed as the result of an investigation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Firearms, Tobacco, and Explosives. This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Nicholas Padilla.

 

The United States Attorney's Office emphasized that an Indictment is merely an allegation and that all persons charged are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty in court.

            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.