United States Attorney David Capp

Northern District of Indiana

M01-204 S. Main Street

South Bend, Indiana  46601

Hammond                                                      South Bend                                           Fort Wayne

 
 

 


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                         CONTACT: Mary L. Hatton

July 27, 2012                                                                                       PHONE: (219) 937-5500

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

           

 

WEEK IN REVIEW – SOUTH BEND

 

 

                South Bend, Indiana -- The United States Attorney’s Office announced that:

 

PLEAS:

 

Ø  Juan Orduno, 26, pled guilty before Magistrate Judge Christopher Nuechterlein to the felony offense of possession of a firearm as a convicted felon.  Magistrate Nuechterlein is recommending that the district court accept the tendered guilty plea.  Parties have 10 days in which to object to the magistrate judge’s recommendation. Sentencing has been set for 10/26/12.  These charges were filed as the result of an investigation by the by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.  This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Donald Schmid.

 

Ø  Cortey Edwards, 22, of Lima, Ohio, a defendant in the case US v Diallo et al., pled guilty before Judge Robert Miller, Jr. to the felony offense of possession of 15 or more counterfeit access devices and unauthorized access devices with the intent to defraud.  Sentencing has been set for 10/29/12.  These charges were filed as the result of an investigation by the United States Secret Service, the Wabash County Prosecutor’s Office and the Wabash County Sheriff’s Department.  This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney William Grimmer.

 

Ø  Jason Gray, 38, of Lake Station, Indiana, pled guilty before Judge Robert Miller, Jr. to the felony offense of possession of a firearm while being an unlawful user of a controlled substance (marijuana).  Sentencing has been set for 11/5/12.  These charges were filed as the result of an investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration.  This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Frank Schaffer.

 

Ø  Nolberto Robledo, 35, of San Jose, California, a defendant in the case US v Beltran et al., pled guilty before Judge Robert Miller, Jr. to the felony offense of possession with the intent to distribute and distribution of cocaine.  Sentencing has been set for 10/31/12.  These charges were filed as a result of an investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration.  This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys William Grimmer and Frank Schaffer.

 

If convicted in court, any specific sentence to be imposed will be determined by the judge after a consideration of federal sentencing statutes and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines.

 

 

DISPOSITIONS:

 

Ø  Billy Ray Bowen, 49, of Michigan City, Indiana, was sentenced by Judge Robert Miller, Jr. to 78 months imprisonment and lifetime of supervised release after pleading guilty to the felony offense of possession of child pornography.  According to the Plea Agreement and Sentencing Memorandum filed in this case, Bowen downloaded and stored over 2600 images and videos from the internet depicting child pornography and had been collecting child pornography for 3 to 5 years.  Bowen is also a convicted felon and possessed 6 firearms at the time of a search of his residence.  This case resulted from an investigation by members of the Indiana Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, including the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Michigan City Police Department.  This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney John Maciejczyk.

 

  Ø   John Bloch III, 35, of Elkhart, Indiana, was sentenced by Judge Robert Miller, Jr. to 138 months imprisonment and 3 years of supervised release after being found guilty at trial of the felony offenses of possessing a firearm as a convicted felon and possession of a firearm after a domestic violence conviction.  According to the sentencing memorandum file by the government in this case, police were called in response to reports that the defendant had been firing his weapon in a residential area, constituting criminal recklessness, a felony under Indiana law. Bloch was a convicted felon (with a history of violent crime) in possession of multiple firearms. Police found a handgun loaded with an extended magazine in it.  A second extended magazine and more than 100 additional rounds were also recovered.  Bloch has prior convictions for violent offenses, criminal conversion, and a controlled substance offense.  This case was the result of an investigation by the by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Elkhart Police Department.  This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Donald Schmid.

 

  Ø   Walter Neal, 47, of South Bend, was sentenced by Judge Jon DeGuilio to 72 months imprisonment, $11,904.71 in restitution and 3 years of supervised release after pleading guilty to the felony offense of the robbery of First Source Bank in June 2010.  According to the Sentencing Memorandum filed by the government in this case, Neal has been arrested 17 times and been convicted 6 times for felonies and four times for misdemeanors. In two of the cases he was convicted of bank robberies.  This case was the result of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.  This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Frank Schaffer.