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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

March 11, 2011                                                                                   PHONE: (219) 937-5500

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



WEEK IN REVIEW - HAMMOND

 

 

Hammond, Indiana—The United States Attorney's Office announced the following:

 

Gabriel Rodriguez, 31, of Whiting, Indiana, was sentenced by Chief Judge Philip Simon to 21 months imprisonment and 3 years of supervised release after pleading guilty to count two of an indictment charging him with distribution of cocaine in the case US v Alvelo et al. This case was the result of an investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration HIDTA Task Force. This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Jacqueline Jacobs.

 

Antquane Thomas, 25, of Gary, Indiana, was sentenced by Judge Lozano to 24 months imprisonment followed by 3 years of supervised release following his felony conviction for receiving a nine millimeter semi-automatic pistol while he had pending felony charges against him. In February 2010, while Thomas had pending state felony charges for domestic battery in the presence of a child and for strangulation, Thomas lied on a federal form in purchasing a nine millimeter, semi-automatic pistol with an extended 30 round large capacity magazine. In July 2010, Thomas unlawfully received two additional semi-automatic pistols, with one containing another extended 30 round large capacity magazine, while he still had pending the aforementioned state felony charges. The unrelated state felony charges for domestic battery in the presence of a child and for strangulation remain pending. Thomas has been given 30 days to report to the Bureau of Prisons. This case was investigated by the ATF/HIDTA Task Force and Gary Police Department. This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Dean Lanter.

 

Samuel Gant, 36, of Gary, Indiana, pled guilty before Judge Joseph Van Bokkelen to count one of an indictment charging him with being a felon in possession of a firearm. Gant has a prior federal felony conviction for battery in 1998. Sentencing has been set for 5/26/11. These charges were filed as the result of an investigation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives HIDTA Task Force, and the Gary Police Department. This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Nicholas Padilla.

David Martin, 32, of Gary, Indiana, was charged by criminal complaint with possessing a firearm as a convicted felon, and possession of marijuana. According to the criminal complaint, Martin was arrested by Gary Police following a vehicle pursuit, after which the defendant fled on foot, in Gary, Indiana, on March 8, 2011. Police thereafter recovered a .45 caliber, semi-automatic pistol and a marijuana cigar from the defendant’s vehicle. Martin has a prior federal felony conviction for possession with intent to distribute cocaine base, for which he served 70 months imprisonment and later served an additional 12 months imprisonment for a supervised release violation. Martin has been detained pending a detention hearing on Friday, March 11, 2011. These charges were filed as the result of an investigation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives HIDTA Task Force. This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Dean Lanter.

 

Emanuel Williams, 26, of Hammond, Indiana, pled guilty before Senior Judge Rudy Lozano to count one of an indictment charging him with being a felon in possession of a firearm. Williams has a prior felony conviction for possession of cocaine in 2004, and unlawful use of a weapon/vehicle in 2004. Sentencing has been set for 6/10/11. These charges were filed as the result of an investigation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives HIDTA Task Force, and the Hammond Police Department. This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Nicholas Padilla.

 

Gian Thompson, 23, of Chicago, Illinois, was sentenced by Senior Judge Rudy Lozano in the case US v Blades et al. Thompson was sentenced to 235 months imprisonment and 5 years of supervised release after pleading guilty to count one of an indictment charging him with interstate kidnaping. This case was the result of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the Chicago Police Department. This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney David Nozick.

 

Brandon Hinkle, 32, of Gary, Indiana, pled guilty before Judge Joseph Van Bokkelen to count one of an indictment charging him with theft of government property in an unemployment insurance fraud case. Sentencing has been set for 5/24/11. These charges were filed as a result of an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor OIG - Office of Labor Racketeering and Fraud Investigations, and the Indiana Department of Workforce Development. This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Thomas Ratcliffe.

 

Darnell Calloway, 28, of Hammond, Indiana, pled guilty before Senior Judge Rudy Lozano to count two of an indictment charging him with carrying a firearm during the commission of a Federal narcotics violation. Sentencing has been set for 6/8/11. These charges were filed as the result of an investigation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives HIDTA Task force. This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney David Nozick.

 

Julio Cortes, 30, of Hammond, Indiana, pled guilty before Senior Judge Rudy Lozano to count one of an indictment charging him with misuse of a social security number. Sentencing has been set for 5/25/11. These charges were filed as the result of an investigation by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Office of Homeland Security Investigations. This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Gary Bell.

 

Christopher Spears, 44, of East Chicago, Indiana, was sentenced by Senior Judge Rudy Lozano to 34 months imprisonment and 3 years of supervised release after being found guilty at trial to counts one through five of a superseding indictment charging him with fraud during an attempted purchase of firearms, aggravated identity theft, producing false identification documents, possessing false identity documents with unlawful intent, and possessing an instrument designed to make a forged security. Spears was also sentenced after pleading guilty to theft of FEMA disaster relief funds in the case US v McNeil et al to run concurrently. Spears was ordered to pay restitution to Centier Bank in the amount of $1,581.36, and $12,637.15 to FEMA. This case was the result of an investigation by Federal Bureau of Investigation GRIT Task Force. This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Thomas Ratcliffe.

 

            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.