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 Hatton

June 22, 2012                                                                                      PHONE: (219) 937-5603

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WEEK IN REVIEW – HAMMOND

 

 

                Hammond, Indiana- The United States Attorney’s Office announced the following:

 

 

PLEAS:

 

  Ø   Isaac Facen, 21, of East Chicago, Indiana, pled guilty before Chief Judge Philip Simon to the felony offense of possession of a firearm as a convicted felon.  Facen has a prior felony conviction for burglary.  Facen has been in custody since the date of his arrest and remains detained pending sentencing.  Sentencing has been set for 9/14/12.  This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives HIDTA Task Force and East Chicago Police Department.  This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Dean Lanter.

 

  Ø   Murphy Dinkins. Jr., 28, of East Chicago, Indiana, pled guilty before Judge Rudy Lozano to the felony offense of possession of a firearm as a convicted felon.  Sentencing has been set for 9/6/12.  These charges were filed as the result of an investigation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives.  This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Nicholas Padilla.

 

  Ø   Titus Finnell, 31, of Gary, Indiana, a defendant in the case US v Peterson et al., pled guilty before Judge Joseph Van Bokkelen to the felony offense of attempt to possess with the intent to distribute and distribution of cocaine.  Sentencing has been set for 9/12/12.  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 David Nozick.

 

  Ø   Brandon Bulley, 27, of Chicago, Illinois, pled guilty before Judge Joseph Van Bokkelen to the felony offense of possession of a firearm as a convicted felon.  Sentencing has been set for 9/11/12.  These charges were filed as the result of an investigation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives.  This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Dean Lanter.

 

  Ø   Derek Muilenburg, 24, a defendant in the case US v Humphrey et al., pled guilty before Judge Rudy Lozano to the felony offense of conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute and distribution of heroin.  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 Jennifer Chang-Adiga.

 

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   Jason Burkhart, 35, a defendant in the case US v Lee et al., was sentenced by Chief Judge Philip Simon to 63 months imprisonment and 4 years of supervised release after pleading guilty to the felony offense of conspiracy to manufacture and distribute methamphetamine. This case was the result of an investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Indiana State Police and the Porter County Sheriff’s Office.  This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney David Nozick.

 

  Ø   Clinton Davis III, 25, of Hammond, Indiana, a defendant in the case US v Stokes et al., was sentenced by Judge Joseph Van Bokkelen to 180 months imprisonment and 5 years of supervised release after pleading guilty to the felony offenses of conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute cocaine and conspiracy and attempt to commit robbery.   According to the Complaint filed in this case, Davis was part of a home invasion robbery crew operating in Hammond, Indiana that would commit the armed robberies of narcotic “stash houses”.  This case was the result of an investigation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives and the Hammond Police Department.  This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys David Nozick and Dean Lanter.

 

  Ø   Daniel Olson, 62, of Merrillville, Indiana, was sentenced by Judge Joseph Van Bokkelen to 2 years of probation, to include 12 months of home detention, and restitution of $15,000 after pleading guilty to the felony offenses of making false statements and tampering with a monitoring method under the Clean Water Act.  Olson admitted that he failed to make a required report of a bypass of a treatment process before discharging waste streams into Trail Creek, a tributary of Lake Michigan; that he made false material representations by selectively reporting only those sample results regarding total residual chlorine (“TRC”) discharges that showed compliance with Michigan City’s permit and knowingly failing to report TRC discharge samples that showed non‑compliance with Michigan City’s permit; and tampering with a monitoring method, that is taking the daily sample of waste water to test for E. coli, as required under Michigan City’s permit, by delaying the taking of the sample until the point in time during the treatment process when the treatment chemical (chlorine) was elevated and when E. Coli concentrations would be at lower levels. This case was the result of an investigation by the Criminal Investigation Division of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, which is part of the Northern District of Indiana Environmental Crimes Task Force.  This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Wayne Ault and Environmental Crimes Section Trial Attorney R.J. Powers.