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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, October 17, 2014

Week In Review – Fort Wayne


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

DISPOSITIONS

  • Phillip Biddle, 37, of Kendallville, Indiana was sentenced to 54 months imprisonment with 5 years supervised release after pleading guilty to the felony offense of possession of materials depicting minors engaging in sexually explicit conduct.  According to documents filed in this case, on December 2 and December 3, 2011, detectives from the Whitley County Sheriff’s Department identified an internet protocol address that appeared to be sharing files containing images of child pornography.  During the course of the investigation, it was determined that the holder of the suspect IP address was Biddle.  On June 15, 2012, a search warrant was executed wherein several pieces of electronic media were recovered.  During the forensic examination of the electronic media, images of child pornography were located on nearly all of the media recovered from Biddle’s residence.  This case was the result of an investigation by Homeland Security Investigations, ICAC Task Force, Kendallville Police Department and the Whitley County Sheriff’s Department.  This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Lesley J. Miller Lowery.
  • Deyante Stephens, 23, of Fort Wayne, Indiana was sentenced to 37 months imprisonment with 2 years supervised release and ordered to pay $96,534.37 in restitution after pleading guilty to the felony offense of aiding and abetting armed bank robbery.  According to documents filed in this case, on or about February 14, 2013, a local bank was robbed.  During the course of the investigation, it was determined that one of robbers had stolen a teller’s cell phone.  Dispatch was able to determine the location of the cell phone, recovering it in a drainage ditch.  A latent fingerprint was located on the telephone and identified as the fingerprint of Stephens.  This case was the result of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Northeast Indiana Federal Bank Robbery Task Force, and the Fort Wayne Police Department.  This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Anthony W. Geller.
Updated April 30, 2015