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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, September 19, 2014

Week In Review – Fort Wayne


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

PLEAS

  • Henry C. Purifoy, III, 23, of Fort Wayne, Indiana pled guilty to the felony offense of being a convicted 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 the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Fort Wayne Police Department.  Sentencing has not been set.  This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Lovita Morris King.
  • Derrell L. Hayes, 29, of Fort Wayne, Indiana pled guilty to the felony offense of being a convicted 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 the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Allen County Police Department.  Sentencing has not been set.  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

  • Edward Williams, 32, of Fort Wayne, Indiana, was sentenced to 120 months imprisonment with 2 years supervised release after pleading guilty to the felony offenses of being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm and possession with intent to distribute crack.  According to documents filed in this case, Williams participated in selling cocaine and a firearm to a confidential informant (CI).  During the course of this investigation, Williams had made arrangements to meet the CI at an established location.  Williams was seen arriving, entering and exiting the residence carrying a Nike shoe box.  When Williams left the residence, he was stopped by police and a firearm and crack cocaine were found inside the Nike shoe box.  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 Lesley J. Miller Lowery.
Updated April 30, 2015