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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Northern District of Indiana

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, October 10, 2014

Week In Review – Fort Wayne


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

PLEA

  • Korean Daniels, 38, of Fort Wayne, Indiana pled guilty to the felony offense of being a felon in possession of a firearm. The magistrate judge 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 Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives and the Fort Wayne Police Department.  Sentencing will be set by separate order by the district court.  This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Anthony W. Geller.

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

  • Nathan Hasty, 36, of Huntington, Indiana was sentenced to 180 months imprisonment, 5 years supervised release after pleading guilty to the felony offense of sexual exploitation of children.  According to documents filed in this case, Hasty had been using fake identities in Facebook posing as a female and flirting with boys in attempt to gain their trust and began to talk sexually with them.  Hasty admitted to being a Campus Life Director for Youth for Christ and admitted to using false Facebook accounts in which he posed as a juvenile female to communicate with the boys in his youth group.  Hasty admitted to having sexual conversations with the young boys, asked them to send nude pictures of themselves, and to skype in a one way conversation.  This case was the result of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation-Cyber Squad.  This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Lesley J. Miller Lowery.
  • Jose A. Soto, 31, of Fort Wayne, Indiana was sentenced to 92 months imprisonment, 4 years supervised release, and ordered to pay a $100 special assessment after pleading guilty to the felony offense of knowingly or intentionally conspiring to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute controlled substances.  According to documents filed in the case, this investigation began with controlled buys of powder and crack cocaine and progressed with wiretaps of several cocaine suppliers.  Jose Soto was identified as distributor of one of the conspiracies. This case was the result of an investigation by Federal Bureau of Investigation, Fort Wayne Safe Streets Task Force, G-Net, Indiana State Police, Fort Wayne Police Department, Allen County Police Department, Allen County Drug Task Force, and the New Haven Police Department.  This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Anthony W. Geller.
  • Charley J. Gonzalez, III, 43, of Fort Wayne, Indiana, was sentenced to 300 months imprisonment with 10 years of supervised release after pleading guilty to the felony offenses of knowingly conspiring to distribute and possess with intent to distribute cocaine, and possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.  According to documents filed in this case, this investigation began with controlled buys of powder and crack cocaine and progressed with wiretaps of several cocaine suppliers.  Charley Gonzalez was identified as the leader of one of the drug supply networks.  This case was the result of an investigation by Federal Bureau of Investigation, Fort Wayne Safe Streets Task Force, Indiana State Police, Fort Wayne Police Department, Allen County Police Department, Allen County Drug Task Force and the New Haven Police Department.  This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Anthony W. Geller.
  • Julius W. Lawson, 36, of Fort Wayne, Indiana was sentenced to 84 months imprisonment after being found guilty by a jury of the felony offenses of attempted robbery of a person having custody of mail matter, money or property of the United States and interfering with the performance of the official duties of a postal employee which sentence is to run consecutively to 60 months for the felony offense of using a firearm during and in relation to the robbery offense.  A 3 year term of supervised release was also imposed.  According to documents filed in this case, on December 19, 2012, Lawson and an unknown accomplice entered the United States Postal Office located in Diplomat Plaza wearing hoodies.  A postal employee, while hidden in the manager’s office, watching the surveillance monitor, observed Lawson jump the counter located behind the window of the clerks’ stations where cash money, bonds and other valuables were kept.  Lawson’s cell phone and fingerprint were recovered from the customer counter in the postal station and his accomplice was observed in possession of a firearm while inside the station that was pointed at a customer.  One of the individuals in the post office called 911 to report the crime after Lawson and his accomplice had fled the building.  This case was the result of an investigation by the United States Postal Inspection Service, and the Fort Wayne Police Department.  This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Lovita Morris King.
Updated April 30, 2015