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

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Friday, March 20, 2015

Week In Review –hammond


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

PLEAS

  • Keandria C. Jones, 25, of Gary, Indiana pled guilty to the felony offense of making a false statement in connection with the acquisition of a firearm in violation of 18 U.S.C ' 922(a)(g).  This charge was filed as a result of an investigation by Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.  Sentencing has been set for June 25, 2015.  This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Nicholas J. Padilla

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

  • Robinson Morales, 37, of East Chicago, Indiana, was sentenced to 24 months imprisonment with 2 years supervised release after pleading guilty to the felony offense of being a felon in possession of a firearm.  According to documents filed in this case, on March 15, 2013, Morales possessed a .22 caliber pistol after having been convicted of crime punishable by imprisonment exceeding one year.  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 Nicholas J. Padilla.
  • Jose L. Ruiz-Medina, 49, of Hammond, Indiana was sentenced to time served and will face immigration removal proceedings after pleading guilty to the felony offense of illegal re-entry.  According to documents filed in this case, the defendant had been previously deported to Mexico from the United States after having been convicted of a felony offense in the State of California. On or about October 2014, the defendant, a citizen of Mexico, illegally re-entered the United States and eluded and evaded immigration officials until found and arrested by law enforcement.  This case was the result of an investigation by the Homeland Security Investigations.  This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Randall Stewart.


Updated April 30, 2015