United States Attorney David Capp
Northern District of Indiana
5400 Federal Plaza, Suite 1500
Hammond, Indiana 46320
Hammond South Bend Fort
Hammond South Bend Fort Wayne
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Mary Hatton
January 10, 2014
DESK: (219) 937-5603
CELL: (219) 314-9993
WEEK IN REVIEW – HAMMOND
Hammond, Indiana - The United States Attorney’s Office announced the following activity in Federal Court:
Ø Raynell Vaxter, 53, of Gary,
Indiana was sentenced by Chief Judge Philip P. Simon to 120 months imprisonment
with 3 years supervised release after pleading guilty
to the felony offense of being a felon in possession of a firearm. According to documents filed in this case, in
April 2011, Gary Police responded to a disturbance involving an unwanted male
in possession of a firearm. Local law
enforcement determined that the man was Vaxter who
was threatening and harassing an ex-girlfriend located at the address. Vaxter was arrested later while also being suspected of
vehicular arson behind the same location.
While the vehicle Vaxter was using was
searched, officers recovered an AMT .380 caliber pistol that was later
determined to have been reported stolen.
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 Joshua Kolar.
Ø Marilyn Krusas, 70, of Gary, Indiana was sentenced by District Judge Joseph Van Bokkelen to 1 year and a day with 2 years of supervised release after pleading guilty to the felony offense of tax evasion. According to documents filed in this case, Krusas, a council member for the city of Gary, did not file tax returns for 20 consecutive years. This case was the result of an investigation by the Internal Revenue Service. This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Gary Bell.