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
July 9, 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:
Horace Lee Patterson, 34 (11/20/75), of the 4000 block of Jackson Street, Gary, Indiana, was charged by indictment with being a felon in possession of a firearm, specifically, a Smith and Wesson, .40 caliber semi-automatic loaded with ammunition. This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Firearms, Tobacco, and Explosives and the Hammond Police Department, and is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Joshua Kolar.
Jaime Ramos-Munoz, 45 (5/14/65), of East Chicago, Indiana, was sentenced by Senior Judge James Moody to 41 months imprisonment and 2 years of supervised release after pleading guilty to re-entry of a deported alien. Ramos-Munoz had been previously removed or deported from the United States in 2003 following his conviction for cocaine distribution. He failed to obtain the express consent of the Attorney General to reapply for admission to the United States. He illegally re-entered the United States in 2009. This case was investigated by US Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Toi Houston.
James Elliott, 30 (9/20/79), of Marshall Street in Merrillville, Indiana, plead guilty before Chief Judge Philip Simon to count one of an indictment charging him with being a felon in possession of a firearm. In October 2009, Elliott was arrested and found to be in possession of a revolver following police responding to a call for service at a Merrillville, Indiana residence. Elliott has five prior felony convictions, including three burglary convictions and two theft convictions. The government has alleged that Elliott is an Armed Career Criminal subject to a mandatory minimum penalty of 15 years imprisonment and a maximum penalty of life imprisonment, an issue which Judge Simon will decide at Elliott’s October 2010 sentencing hearing. Elliott has been detained since his arrest. This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Firearms, Tobacco, and Explosives and the Merrillville, Indiana Police Department. This case was investigated by, and is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Dean Lanter.
Timothy Manuel, 46 (6/18/64), of the 2000 block of 19th Place, Gary, Indiana, plead guilty before Senior Judge James Moody to count one of an indictment charging him with being a felon in possession of a firearm. Manuel was previously convicted of robbery in 2006 and 1997, and burglary in 1984. This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Firearms, Tobacco, and Explosives, and is being 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.