United States Attorney David Capp

Northern District of Indiana

5400 Federal Plaza, Suite 1500

Hammond, Indiana  46320

Hammond                                                      South Bend                                           Fort Wayne

 
 

 


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WEEK IN REVIEW – HAMMOND

 

 

            Hammond, Indiana - The United States Attorney’s Office announced the following activity in Federal Court:

 

PLEAS:

 

  Ø   Eugene Jackson, Jr., 33, of Gary, Indiana, pled guilty before District Judge Joseph Van Bokkelen to the felony offense of possession of a firearm and ammunition by a convicted felon.  This charge was filed as a result of an investigation by the ATF HIDTA Task Force and the Hobart Police Department.  This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Dean Lanter.

 

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   Rick Weatherford, 48, of Ladoga, Indiana, was sentenced by District Judge Joseph Van Bokkelen to 151 months imprisonment and 4 years of supervised release after pleading guilty to the felony offense of conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute marijuana.  The 151 month sentence is to run consecutively with Weatherford’s current sentence.  According to documents filed by the government in this case, Weatherford has prior convictions for theft/habitual offender in 1993, murder in 1994 and trafficking with an inmate in 2002.  Weatherford orchestrated a large semi-truck load shipment of marijuana that was driven from Texas to Indiana for further distribution.  Weatherford took part in this conspiracy while he was incarcerated in the Indiana Department of Corrections with the use of an illegal cellular phone in prison. This case was the result of an investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration.  This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Jennifer Chang-Adiga.

 

 

  Ø   Krystal Puntillo-Raggs, 22, of Hammond, Indiana, was sentenced by Senior District Judge Rudy Lozano to 12 months of probation after pleading guilty to the felony offense of passing counterfeit obligations.  According to documents filed in this case, Puntillo-Raggs assisted in the illegal passing of counterfeit obligations at her place of employment in her capacity as a cashier.  Her co-defendants would purchase items at her register and give her what she knew to be counterfeit bills as payment.  They would later return many of the purchased items in exchange for genuine cash and things of value.  This case was the result of an investigation by the United States Secret Service.  This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Randall Stewart.

 

  Ø   Daniel Loy, 32, of South Haven, Indiana, was sentenced by District Judge Joseph Van Bokkelen to the custody of the Bureau of Prisons for a term of 30 months with 3 years of supervised release after pleading guilty to the felony offense of distribution of cocaine.  According to documents filed in this case, Loy, in distributing cocaine on 2 occasions, sold approximately 115 grams.  Loy has an extensive criminal history that includes a felony conviction and 5 misdemeanor convictions. This case was the result of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation GRIT Task Force and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.  This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Jennifer Chang-Adiga.

 

  Ø   Jason Rossiter, 30, of Lake Village, Indiana, a defendant in the case US v Humphrey et al., was sentenced by Senior District Judge Rudy Lozano to the custody of the Bureau Of Prisons for a term of 60 months with 3 years of supervised release after pleading guilty to the felony offense of conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute heroin.  According to documents filed in this case, Rossiter was charged along with eight others with participation in a heroin ring operating in the Newton County area. This case was the result of an investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration.  This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Jacqueline Jacobs and Jennifer Chang-Adiga.