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

March 22, 2013                                                                                   PHONE: (219) 937-5500

www.usdoj.gov/usao/inn/                                                                   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   Jaleen McGee, 20, of South Bend, Indiana, a defendant in the case US v Shaw et al., pled guilty before Magistrate Judge Christopher Nuechterlein to the felony offense of racketeering.  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 6/18/13. 

 

  Ø   Alvin Blade, III, 21, of South Bend, Indiana, a defendant in the case US v Shaw et al., pled guilty before Magistrate Judge Christopher Nuechterlein to the felony offense of carrying a firearm and using a firearm during a drug trafficking crime/crime of violence.  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 6/13/13. 

 

The charges against McGee and Blade were filed as a result of an investigation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the South Bend Police Department.  The case in which both are charged is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Donald Schmid.

 

 

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   David Dircks, 53, of, South Bend, Indiana, a defendant in the case US v Wells et al., was sentenced by District Judge Robert Miller, Jr. to 114 months imprisonment and 3 years of supervised release after pleading guilty to the felony offense of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.  According to documents filed by the government in this case, Dircks has multiple prior felony convictions including possession of controlled substances (1992, 2004, 2007), forgery (1992), and residential burglary (1996). He has many other convictions as well, including forgery (misdemeanor), criminal trespass, possession of a fraudulent ID card, theft, deceptive practice, false informing, Illinois vehicle code offenses, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of marijuana, disorderly conduct, panhandling, hit and run, resisting a police officer, domestic battery, and battery. He committed his federal offenses while he was on probation in LaPorte County, Indiana. This case was the result of an investigation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the South Bend Police Department.  This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Donald Schmid.