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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, January 30, 2015

Week In Review – Hammond


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

PLEAS

  • Edmund Carman, 39, of Gary, Indiana pled guilty to the felony offense of being a felon in possession of a firearm. This charge was filed as a result of an investigation by The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives.  Sentencing has been set for April 30, 2015.  This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Jennifer Chang.

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

  • Ebony Leonard, 27, of East Chicago, Indiana was sentenced to 2 years of probation after pleading guilty to the felony offense of straw purchasing a firearm.  According to documents filed in this case, on March 22, 2014, Leonard fraudulently represented to an employee of a licensed firearms dealership in Hammond, Indiana that she was the actual purchaser of a firearm when in fact she purchased the firearm on behalf of another person.  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 Thomas M. McGrath.
  • Jordon Schwind, 26, of South Bend, Indiana was sentenced to 35 months imprisonment with 4 years supervised release after pleading guilty to the felony offense of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute 100 grams or more of heroin.  According to documents filed in this case, between May 2011 and May 2012, the defendant conspired to distribute heroin to various individuals in the South Bend, Indiana area.  This case was the result of an investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration.  This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Joshua Kolar and Jennifer Chang.


Updated April 30, 2015