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United States Attorney David Capp

Northern District of Indiana

M01-204 S. Main Street

South Bend, IN 46601



Hammond                                                 South Bend                                               Fort Wayne

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                         CONTACT: Mary L. Hatton

January 26, 2010                                                                                 PHONE: (219) 937-5500

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



ACTIVITY IN FEDERAL COURT - SOUTH BEND

 

 

 

South Bend, Indiana—The United States Attorney's Office announced:

 

Shawn Williams, 33, of South Bend, Indiana was sentenced on 1/22/10 by Chief Judge Robert Miller, Jr., to 90 months imprisonment and 5 years of supervised release after pleading guilty to possession with the intent to distribute crack cocaine. This case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration, was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Frank Schaffer.

 

Anthony Villanueva, 27, of Albuquerque, New Mexico, was sentenced on 1/22/10 by Chief Judge Robert Miller, Jr., to 30 months imprisonment and 1 year of supervised release after pleading guilty to use of a communication facility to distribute marijuana. This case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration, and was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney William Grimmer.

 

Alonzo Evans, 26, of Michigan City, Indiana, was sentenced on 1/25/10 by Chief Judge Robert Miller, Jr., to 15 months imprisonment and 3 years of supervised release after pleading guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm, to wit; a Smith & Wesson .44 magnum revolver.Evans was convicted of a felony offense for possession of cocaine in Cook County, Illinois, in 2003. After that conviction, on June 12, 2009, Evans was driving a car that was stopped by a Michigan City police officer for a traffic stop for failing to signal two turns. He had a suspended license so the car was impounded. When officers conducted an impound search of the vehicle they found a Smith & Wesson .44 magnum revolver, loaded with 6 rounds of .44 magnum ammunition under the driver's seat. This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Firearms, Tobacco, and Explosives, and was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney John Maciejczyk.

 

Robert Lee, 39, of South Bend, Indiana, was sentenced on 1/25/10 by Chief Judge Robert Miller, Jr., to 60 months imprisonment and 3 years of supervised release after pleading guilty to possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime (crack cocaine), to wit; a .45 caliber High Point handgun. This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Firearms, Tobacco, and Explosives, and was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Frank Schaffer.

 

Martin Beserra, 31, of South Bend, Indiana, plead guilty on 1/21/10 before Magistrate Judge Christopher Nuechterlein to distribution of crack cocaine. Sentencing has been set for May 6, 2010. This case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration, is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Frank Schaffer.

 

Mark Kovatch, 40, of South Bend, Indiana, plead guilty on 1/20/10 before Chief Judge Robert Miller, Jr., to possession of a firearm in and affecting interstate or foreign commerce, while being an unlawful user of a controlled substance (marijuana), to wit; a Mossberg shotgun. This shotgun was found by State Police Officers while investigating a marijuana grow at Kovatch’s home in St. Joseph county, Indiana. This case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Indiana State Police, and is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Frank Schaffer.

 

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.