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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 November 4, 2010                                                                              PHONE: (219) 937-5603 www.usdoj.gov/usao/inn/                                                                   Fax: (219) 852-2770ACTIVITY IN FEDERAL COURT - SOUTH BEND

South Bend, IN—The United States Attorney's Office announced the following activity in Federal Court:

Jermel C. Thomas, 34, of Helen Street, Michigan City, Indiana, was sentenced by Judge Robert Miller, Jr. to 120 months imprisonment and 3 years of supervised release after pleading guilty to count one of an indictment charging him with being a felon in possession of a firearm. Thomas was previously convicted of felony battery, felon in possession of a firearm, and distribution of cocaine. This case was the result of an investigation by Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, and the Michigan City Police Department. This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney John Maciejczyk.

 

Kevin L. Hite, 54, of W. Grove Street, Mishawaka, Indiana, was sentenced by Judge Jon DeGuilio to 180 months imprisonment and 3 years of supervised release after pleading guilty to counts one and two of an indictment charging him with being a felon in possession of a firearm, and possession of a stolen firearm. This case was the result of an investigation by Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, and the Mishawaka Police Department. This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Donald Schmid.

 

Kenneth Fox, 42, of Pollard Street, Logansport, Indiana, pled guilty before Magistrate Judge Christopher Neuchterlein to count one of an indictment charging him with manufacture of marijuana. These charges were filed as the result of an investigation by Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, and the Indiana State Police. This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Frank Schaffer.

 

Edward Weidner, 42, of West Lovers Lane, Peru, Indiana, pled guilty before Magistrate Judge Christopher Neuchterlein to count two of an indictment charging him with possession of a firearm having been convicted of the misdemeanor crime of domestic violence. These charges were filed as the result of an investigation by Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives. This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Frank Schaffer.

 

Cori E. Rider, 27, of Tyler Avenue, Peru, Indiana, pled guilty before Magistrate Judge Christopher Neuchterlein to one count of an indictment charging her with misappropriation of postal funds more than $1000. Rider was a United States Postal Service employee. These charges were filed as the result of an investigation by United States Postal Inspection Service. This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Jesse Barrett.

 

Heather Rach, 26, of Taylor Street, Mishawaka, Indiana, pled guilty before Magistrate Judge Christopher Neuchterlein to count two of an indictment charging her with unlawful transport of firearms. These charges were filed as the result of an investigation by Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives. This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Donald Schmid.

 

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.