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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

February 26, 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:

 

Mark Benyon, 35, of Griffith, Indiana was sentenced on 2/25/10 by Judge Joseph Van Bokkelen to 135 months imprisonment and 4 years of supervised release after pleading guilty to conspiracy to distribute cocaine in the case US v Perez et al. This case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration, and was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Joshua Kolar.

 

Montrell Jolly, 20, of Gary, Indiana, plead guilty on 2/24/10 before Judge Rudy Lozano to the bank robbery of the Centier Bank in Highland, Indiana in November, 2008. This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation GRIT Task Force and is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Thomas Ratcliffe.

 

Michael Silvas, 27, of Michigan City, Indiana, plead guilty on 2/24/10 before Chief Judge Philip Simon to conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute cocaine. This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation GRIT Task Force, and was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Jennifer Chang-Adiga.

 

Mark Ontiveros, 39, of Portage, Indiana, plead guilty on 2/24/10 before Judge Joseph Van Bokkelen to possession of child pornography and receipt of child pornography. This case was investigated by US Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Jill Trumbull-Harris.

 

Tyrone Patton, 61, of Chicago, Illinois, plead guilty on 2/23/10 before Judge Joseph Van Bokkelen to possession with intent to use unlawfully or transfer unlawfully five or more false identification documents. This case was investigated by the United States Secret Service, and is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Jill Trumbull-Harris.

 

Santiago Gutierrez, 31, of Hammond, Indiana, was sentenced on 2/22/10 before Senior Judge Rudy Lozano to 78 months imprisonment and 3 years of supervised release after pleading guilty to conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute cocaine and marijuana in the case US v Robles et al. This case was investigated by Federal Bureau of Investigation Grit Task Force, the Bureau of Alcohol, Firearms, Tobacco, and Explosives, the Hammond Police Department, the Indiana State Police Department, the Muncie, Indiana Drug Task Force, and the Lake County Sheriff’s Department. This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney David J. Nozick.

 

Rahul Mannava, 36, of South Bend, Indiana, was sentenced on 2/23/10 by Senior Judge Rudy Lozano to 120 months imprisonment and 5 years of supervised release after being found guilty at trial to using the internet to coerce or entice a person under the age of 18 years to engage in sexual activity. In July, 2006, law enforcement agents created a profile for a 13 year old girl using the Yahoo! screen name “gracief13". The defendant initiated a conversation with “gracief13" in August, 2006. During conversations between August 11 and August 19, 2006, the defendant believed that “gracief13" was a 13 year old girl. On August 19, the defendant agreed to travel to West Lafayette, Indiana that day to meet “gracief13" at a business in West Lafayette. Mannava traveled to West Lafayette and met with an undercover police officer posing as “gracief13". At that time, Mannava was arrested by agents of the U.S. Secret Service and the West Lafayette Police Department. This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Thomas S. Ratcliffe and Philip C. Benson.

 

Travis Burkhart, 28, of Fair Oaks, Indiana, was sentenced on 2/24/10 before Senior Judge Rudy Lozano to 5 months imprisonment, 5 months of home detention and 3 years of supervised release after pleading guilty to selling a firearm to an individual that he had reasonable cause to believe was a convicted felon. This case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration , and was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney David Nozick.

 

Arcangel Rivera, 22, of East Chicago, Indiana, plead guilty on 2/22/10 before Judge Joseph Van Bokkelen to distribution of cocaine. This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation Grit Task Force , and was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Jennifer Chang-Adiga.

 

Antoine L. Adams, 33, of Gary, Indiana, plead guilty on 2/22/10 before Chief Judge Philip Simon to possession with the intent to distribute cocaine. This case was investigated by GRIT, and was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Thomas Ratcliffe.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.