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

May 24, 2013                                                                                      DESK: (219) 937-5603

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                                                                                                            mary.hatton@usdoj.gov

 

 

WEEK IN REVIEW – HAMMOND

 

 

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

 

PLEAS:

 

  Ø   Darmaile Sutton, 29, of East Chicago, Indiana, a defendant in the case US v Briseno et al., pled guilty before Chief Judge Philip Simon to the felony offense of conspiracy to participate in racketeering activity.  Sentencing has been set for 8/21/13.  This case was the result of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the East Chicago Police Department with assistance from the Gary Police Department, the Hammond Police Department and the Lake County HIDTA.  This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney David Nozick.

 

DISPOSITIONS:

 

  Ø   Justin Weaver, 20, of Hammond, Indiana, a defendant in the case US v Briseno et al., was sentenced by Chief Judge Philip Simon to 63 months imprisonment and 2 years of supervised release after pleading guilty to the felony offense of conspiracy to commit racketeering activity.  According to documents filed by the government in this case, Weaver possessed a gun, and shot three rival gang members, in furtherance of the gang activity and drug sales of the Imperial Gangsters.  This case was the result of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the East Chicago Police Department with assistance from the Gary Police Department, the Hammond Police Department and the Lake County HIDTA.  This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney David Nozick.

 

  Ø   Earkle Tyler, 36, of Hammond, Indiana, was sentenced by Senior District Judge James Moody to 87 months imprisonment and 3 years of supervised release after pleading guilty to the felony offense of distribution of cocaine base.  According to documents filed by the government in this case, after a controlled buy, a federal search warrant was executed at Tyler’s residence. Investigators recovered a small amount of crack cocaine and items indicative of drug distribution (cutting agent, plastic baggies for packaging, digital scales, approximately $3,000 U.S. Currency).  This case was the result of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation GRIT Task Force.  This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Jennifer Chang Adiga.

 

  Ø   Aaron Sokolowski, 27, of Hobart, Indiana, was sentenced by Senior District Judge James Moody to 3 years of supervised release to include 18 months of home detention after pleading guilty to the felony offense of possession with the intent to distribute marijuana.  According to documents filed by the government in this case, the Hobart Police Department responded to a shooting at the Sokowloski’s residence.  The shooting was a result of one of his drug customers carrying a firearm to a drug deal. Sokolowski admitted to selling approximately a half a pound of marijuana a week for three to four years, making $500 to $1000 a week from the sales and, on at least one occasion, driving with his source of supply with approximately sixteen (16) pounds of marijuana and $55,000 in the vehicle. This case was the result of an investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration.  This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Joshua Kolar.

 

  Ø   Christopher Cannon, 45, of Gary, Indiana, was sentenced by District Judge Joseph Van Bokkelen to 30 months imprisonment, 3 years of supervised release and $14,000.00 in restitution after being found guilty at trial of the felony offense of mail fraud by filing an insurance claim with Farmers Insurance Company after the destruction of his insured residence to obtain settlement money for living expenses to be paid to cover rent based on false information, including the name of the landlord, the address of the rental location and the amount of money charged.  According to documents filed by the government in this case, Cannon has four felony convictions and over ten other significant convictions prior to being charged in this case.  This case was the result of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.  This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Randall Stewart.

 

  Ø   Elias Gaytan, 38, of San Antonio, Texas, was sentenced by Senior District Judge James Moody to 41 months imprisonment and 2 years of supervised release after pleading guilty to the felony offense of possession with the intent to distribute marijuana.  This case was the result of an investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration HIDTA Task Force.  This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Jacqueline Jacobs.