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 Hatton

April 26, 2013                                                                                     DESK: (219) 937-5603

www.usdoj.gov/usao/inn/                                                                   CELL: (219) 314-9993

                                                                                                            mary.hatton@usdoj.gov

                                                           

           

 

WEEK IN REVIEW – SOUTH BEND

 

 

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

 

PLEAS:

 

  Ø   Robert Pulliam, 52, of New Carlisle, Indiana, pled guilty before Magistrate Judge Christopher Nuechterlein to the felony offense of manufacturing marijuana.  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 7/31/13.  This charge was filed as a result of an investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration. This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Frank Schaffer.

 

  Ø   Dale Hite, 27, of Plymouth, Indiana, pled guilty before Magistrate Judge Christopher Nuechterlein to the felony offense of conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine.  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 7/25/13.  This charge was filed as a result of an investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration.  This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney 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.

 

 

 

 

 

DISPOSITION:

 

  Ø   Shawn Lunsford, 35, of Peru, Indiana, was sentenced by District Judge Jon DeGuilio to 63 months imprisonment and 25 years of supervised release after pleading guilty to the felony offense of possession of child pornography.  Based on an ongoing investigation, agents from the FBI Cybercrimes Unit and other affiliated agencies executed a search warrant at Lunsford’s residence in order to search any computers that were found in the home for the presence of child pornography. Lunsford was found to be in possession of approximately 7,073 images, approximately 1000 of which were prepubescent minors. This case resulted from an investigation by members of the Indiana Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, including the Federal Bureau of Investigation.  This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney John Maciejczyk.