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United States Attorney David Capp

Northern District of Indiana

5400 Federal Plaza, Suite 1500

Hammond, IN 46320




FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                         CONTACT: Mary L. Hatton

September 7, 2010                                                                              PHONE: (219) 937-5603

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



ACTIVITY IN FEDERAL COURT - HAMMOND

 

 

 

Hammond, IN—The United States Attorney's Office announced the following activity in federal court:

 

Aaron Robinson, 29, of Robbins, Illinois, was sentenced by Senior Judge Rudy Lozano to 33 months imprisonment and 2 years of supervised release after being found guilty at trial as to count one of an indictment charging him with being a felon in possession of a firearm. Robinson was previously convicted of terrorist threats/reckless disregard in 2001. This case was the result of an investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives and the Griffith Police Department. This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Nicholas Padilla.

 

Aaron Ashburn, 19, of the 4300 block of Maryland Street, Gary, Indiana, was sentenced by Judge Joseph Van Bokkelen to 24 months imprisonment and 3 years of supervised release after pleading guilty to count one of an indictment charging with being a felon in possession of a firearm. Ashburn was previously convicted of auto theft in 2009. This case was the result of an investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives and the Gary Police Department. This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Jennifer Chang-Adiga.

 

Andrew Taghon, 36, of South Bend, Indiana, was sentenced by Chief Judge Philip Simon to 33 months imprisonment and 2 years of supervised release to run concurrently with the sentencing previously imposed, after pleading guilty to count one of an indictment charging him with an attempted Hobbs Act robbery. Taghon, a former police officer for the St. Joseph County Police Department, was charged in an indictment arising from the defendants’ plan to steal the cash deposits from the manager of a South Bend gas station while the manager was outside the bank where he planned to deposit the money. Taghon and Jamie Buford, who were a police officers at the time of the attempted robbery, enlisted the help of a police informant to commit the robbery. Their plan fell apart when the victim fought back and foiled the attack. This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, South Bend, and is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Orest Szewciw and Thomas S. Ratcliffe.

 

Robert Darby, 26, of the block of 4200 block of Ohio Street, Gary, Indiana, was sentenced by Chief Judge Philip Simon to18 months imprisonment and 2 years of supervised release after pleading guilty to count one of an indictment charging him with being a felon in possession of a firearm. Darby was previously convicted of possession of marijuana. This case was the result of an investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, and the Lake County Sheriff’s Department. This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Jennifer Chang-Adiga.