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: Chad Hunter

April 25, 2014

Mary Hatton

www.usdoj.gov/usao/inn

OFFICE: 219-937-5500

chad.hunter@usdoj.gov

CELL: 219-902-3452

                                                           

           

WEEK IN REVIEW – SOUTH BEND

 

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

 

PLEAS before Magistrate Judge Christopher A. Nuechterlein:

 

Ø  David Perry, 55, of South Bend, Indiana, pled guilty to the felony offense of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. The magistrate is recommending that the district court accept the tendered guilty plea.  Parties have 14 days in which to object to the magistrate judge’s recommendation. This charge was filed as a result of an investigation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.  Sentencing has been set for 7/30/14.  This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney John Maciejczyk.

 

Ø  Demarcus Bowling, 21, of South Bend, Indiana pled guilty to the felony offense of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. The magistrate is recommending that the district court accept the tendered guilty plea.  Parties have 14 days in which to object to the magistrate judge’s recommendation. This charge was filed as a result of an investigation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.  Sentencing has been set for 7/30/14.  This case 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  Christopher Simmons, 43, of Goshen, Indiana was sentenced by United States Magistrate Judge Christopher Nuechterlein to 1 year on probation and ordered to pay a $1,000 fine, after pleading guilty to the felony offense of taking, killing, or possessing migratory birds.  According to documents filed in this case, in March 2012, Simmons illegally killed and took migratory birds native to the United States, specifically, great horned owls and red tailed hawks. This case was the result of an investigation by the Department of Fish and Wildlife Services.  This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Donald Schmid.

 

Ø  Silvino Alonso-Pineda, 37, of South Bend, Indiana was sentenced by District Judge Robert Miller, Jr.  to 30 months of imprisonment and 3 years of supervised release after pleading guilty to two (2) felony offenses:  illegally re-entering the United States after being deported and having a prior aggravated felony conviction; and possessing cocaine with intent to distribute.  According to documents filed in this case, in October 2013, law enforcement officers met with a confidential informant for the purpose of making a purchase of cocaine from Alonso-Pineda. When Alonso-Pineda arrived at a predetermined location, he was apprehended with 14.7 grams of cocaine and $766.00 in his possession. In April 1999, Alonso-Pineda, a Mexican citizen, was charged in California with possession of heroin and cocaine with the intent to distribute.  He later pled guilty and was ordered removed back to Mexico at the Calexico Port of Entry. At no time thereafter was Alonso-Pineda given permission to lawfully re-enter the United States.  This case was the result of an investigation by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services.  This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Donald Schmid.

 

Ø  Adam Shetler, 33, of Goshen, Indiana was sentenced by District Judge Jon DeGuilio to five years of supervised probation, after pleading guilty to the felony offense of theft of government property. Shetler was also ordered to pay $32,689.50 in restitution. According to documents filed in this case, from approximately January 2009 through December 2010, Shetler applied for and received extended unemployment insurance benefits through the State of Indiana Department of Work Force Development. He submitted weekly vouchers to IDWD and intentionally answered "No" to the question as to whether he was working.  In truth, Shetler was employed.  This case was the result of an investigation by the United States Department of Labor.  This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Barbara Brook.

 

Ø  Lashaun Murry, 33, of Michigan City, Indiana was sentenced by District Judge Jon DeGuilio to 70 months of 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 in this case, in October 2013, Murry possessed a Smith & Wesson handgun. Previously, Murry had been convicted in 2011 of a felony in the LaPorte County Superior Court. 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  Charles Douglas, 34, of South Bend, Indiana was sentenced by District Judge Jon DeGuilio to 110 months imprisonment and 5 years of supervised release after pleading guilty to the felony offense of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.  According to documents filed in this case, Douglas possessed in October 2012, a shotgun at 1407 Fremont Street in South Bend, Indiana. At the time he possessed the shotgun, Douglas was a convicted felon, having been convicted of several felony crimes including: dealing cocaine, criminal confinement, residential entry, and battery. This case was the result of an investigation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.  This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Donald Schmid.