United States Attorney David Capp

Northern District of Indiana

M01-204 S. Main Street

South Bend, Indiana  46601

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                         CONTACT: Mary Hatton

August 9, 2013                                                                                   DESK: (219) 937-5603

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                                                                                                            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:

 

PLEA:

 

Ø  Bryant Rios, 25, of South Bend, Indiana, pled guilty before Magistrate Judge Christopher A. Nuechterlein to the felony offense of possession of a firearm by 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 set for 11/13/2013. This charge was filed as a result of an investigation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.  This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Donald Schmid.

 

Ø  Abdul Shabazz, 37, of South Bend, Indiana, pled guilty before Magistrate Judge Christopher A. Nuechterlein to the felony offense of unlawful transport of firearms. 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 set for 11/13/2013. This charge was filed as a result of an investigation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.  This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Donald Schmid.

 

Ø  Ruben Fernandez, 31, of Cassopolis, Michigan, pled guilty before Magistrate Judge Christopher A. Nuechterlein to the felony offense of participating in a conspiracy to distribute cocaine.  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. This charge was filed as a result of an investigation by the Drug Enforcement Agency.  Sentencing set for 10/31/2013. This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney William Grimmer.

 

 

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  Kristopher Brooks, 40, of Elkhart, Indiana was sentenced by District Judge Robert L. Miller Jr to 46 months imprisonment and 5 years of supervised release after pleading guilty to the felony offense of failing to register as a sex offender.  According to documents filed in this case, in 1993, Brooks was convicted of assault with intent towards sexual penetration.  As a convicted sex offender, Brooks is required to register with local law enforcement when he relocates.  After moving to Indiana, Brooks failed to register. This case was the result of an investigation by the US Marshals Service.  This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney John Maciejczyk.

 

Ø  James Braun, 68, of South Bend, Indiana, was sentenced by District Judge Jon DeGuilio to 63 months imprisonment and 10 years of supervised release after pleading guilty to the felony offense of possession of child pornography. According to documents filed by the government in this case, Braun admitted that he possessed a computer which contained approximately 81 digital images and 8 videos that depicted minors that had not yet reached 12 years of age engaged in sexually explicit conduct.   This case was the result of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Indiana State Police.  This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney John Maciejczyk.

Ø  Dale Hite, 27, of Plymouth, Indiana was sentenced by District Judge Jon E. DeGuilio to 292 months imprisonment (to run concurrently with the defendant’s state sentence) and 4 years of supervised release after pleading guilty to the felony offense of conspiring to manufacture over 50 grams of a mixture or substance that contained methamphetamine.  According to documents filed in this case, during the course of ten months in 2010, Hite manufactured methamphetamine for sale. This case was the result of an investigation by the Drug Enforcement Agency.  This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Frank Schaffer.

 

Ø  Jacqueline Rodriguez, 48, of Rochester, Indiana was sentenced by District Judge Jon E. DeGuilio to 2 years supervised probation and 4 months of home detention (location monitoring) and $13,490 restitution after pleading guilty to the felony offense of wire fraud.  According to documents filed in this case, the defendant’s husband was previously unemployed and receiving assistance. After her husband found employment, Rodriguez continued to file vouchers for unemployment benefits.  The defendant claimed that she committed this offense without her husband’s knowledge.  This case was the result of an investigation by the Department of Labor.  This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Barbara Brook.