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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

November 19, 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:

 

Anthony Diangelo Thompson, 19, of the 400 block of Bolton Drive, Lafayette, Indiana, was charged in an indictment with one count of distributing, using any means and facility of interstate and foreign commerce, one or more visual depictions of actual minors under the age of eighteen (18) engaging in sexually explicit conduct; and one count of possession of child pornography. These charges were filed as the result of an investigation by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Office of Homeland Security Investigations, and the Lafayette Police Department. This case has been assigned to and will be prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Jill Trumbull-Harris.

 

Vardarrel Green, 25, of the 800 block of North County Line Road, Gary, Indiana, was sentenced by Senior Judge James Moody to 84 months imprisonment and 3 years of supervised release after pleading guilty to count two of an indictment charging him with brandishing a weapon during a drug trafficking or violent crime. This case was the result of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation GRIT Task Force. This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Thomas Ratcliffe.

 

Timothy Manuel, 46, of the 2200 block of East 19th Place, Gary, Indiana, was sentenced by Senior Judge James Moody to180 months imprisonment and 4 years of supervised release after pleading guilty to count one of an indictment charging him with being a felon in possession of a firearm. Manuel was previously convicted of Robbery, on or about August 30, 2006, in the Superior Court of Lake County, Indiana; of Robbery on or about December 3, 1997, in the Superior Court of Lake County, Indiana; and of Burglary, on or about December of 1984, in the Superior Court of Lake County, Indiana. This case was the result of an investigation bythe Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives HIDTA Task Force, and the Gary Police Department. This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Nicholas Padilla.

 

Randall McNeil, 29, of Dolton, Illinois, pled guilty before Senior Judge Rudy Lozano to count one of an indictment charging him with theft of government funds, namely disaster relief funds. These charges were filed as the result of an investigation by the Department of Homeland Security Office of the Inspector General, GRIT, and the Indiana State Police. This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Thomas Ratcliffe.

 

Bryan Taylor, 20, of the 4000 block of Massachusetts, Gary, Indiana, pled guilty before Senior Judge Rudy Lozano to count two of an indictment charging him with false statements to obtain a firearm. These charges were filed as the result of an investigation by Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives HIDTA Task Force. This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Dean Lanter.

 

Edward Eason, 58, of Chicago, Illinois, pled guilty before Senior Judge James Moody to counts one through four of an indictment charging him with four separate unarmed bank robberies, namely; J.P. Morgan Chase Bank in Hammond, Indiana in 2007; Fifth Third Bank in Hammond, Indiana in 2008; National City Bank in East Chicago, Indiana in 2008; and Centier Bank in Highland, Indiana in 2008. These charges were filed as the result of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation GRIT Task Force. This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Randall Stewart.

 

 

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.