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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, September 5, 2014

Week In Review – Fort Wayne


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

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  • Michael C. Wenger, 27, of Fort Wayne, Indiana pled guilty to the felony offense of distribution of material involving the sexual exploitation of minors. 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 Federal Bureau of Investigation and the United States Postal Inspection Service.  Sentencing will be set by separate order by the district court.  This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Lesley J. Miller Lowery.

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.

  • Damion D. Alexander, 20, of Fort Wayne, Indiana was sentenced to 30 months imprisonment with 2 years supervised release after pleading guilty to the felony offense of possession of a firearm after having been convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence.  According to documents filed in this case, the Fort Wayne Police Department responded to a domestic disturbance call in the 2700 block of Paulding Road East, identifying Alexander as one of the parties involved in the disturbance and who had two active warrants.  Alexander fled the scene in a described vehicle and subsequently led FWPD officers in a vehicle pursuit, with Alexander disregarding a stop, driving at a high rate of speed and driving the wrong way on a one way street.  During the pursuit, a FWPD Officer observed Alexander’s driver door open and he attempted to run out of the vehicle as the vehicle was still moving.  The officer observed that Alexander was holding a black handgun when he exited the vehicle and that he threw the handgun.  Alexander fled on foot and a foot chase ensued.   The firearm, a loaded Wesson .357 revolver, was recovered in the area that officers saw the handgun being thrown.  After Alexander was apprehended, the FWPD officers found 3 rounds of .357 magnum ammunition in Alexander’s right front pants pocket.  The ammunition was the same caliber and manufacturer as the ammunition found located in the firearm that was recovered.  In the trunk of the vehicle that Alexander had been driving, officers located a second firearm, a loaded Winchester .22 caliber rifle.  This case was the result of an investigation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Fort Wayne Police Department.  This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Lovita Morris King.
  • Billy J. Gonzalez, 37, of Fort Wayne, Indiana was sentenced to 135 months imprisonment and 5 years supervised release after pleading guilty to the felony offense of conspiring to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute 5 kilograms or more of cocaine.  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.  Billy Gonzalez was identified as a middle-level supplier of cocaine and marijuana, and he coordinated numerous drug deals among his conspirators.  This case was the result of an investigation by Federal Bureau of Investigation, 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.
Updated April 30, 2015