Week In Review – South Bend
South Bend, Indiana — The United States Attorney’s Office announced the following activity in Federal Court:
- Donteze Williams, 33, of South Bend, Indiana pled guilty to the felony offense of attempting to damage a motor vehicle by means of fire. 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 Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. Sentencing has been set for May 7, 2015. This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Frank Schaffer.
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.
- Jesus A. Campos, 35, of Mexico was sentenced to 84 months imprisonment with 4 years supervised release after pleading guilty to the felony offense of conspiracy to distribute marijuana. According to documents filed in this case, from approximately the summer of 2005 until the spring of 2007, Campos conspired with several persons in the Northern District of Indiana to move shipments of marijuana from the Laredo and Dallas, Texas areas to the Northern District of Indiana. During this time period, as charged in the Indictment, Campos helped to arrange shipments of more than 100 kilograms of marijuana. These shipments were made using private drivers who went to Texas to drive the marijuana back up to Indiana or through loads shipped through common carriers. Campos worked with persons to arrange shipments and knowingly possessed marijuana that was later distributed to others in Indiana. Campos also arranged its distribution to the drivers sent by persons he knew in Indiana. This case was the result of an investigation by the Drug Enforcement Agency. This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney William Grimmer.
- Otis Tate, 26, of Mishawaka, Indiana, was sentenced to 120 months imprisonment with 3 years supervised release after being found guilty by a trial jury of the felony offenses of being a felon in possession of a firearm and receiving a stolen firearm. According to documents filed in this case, on the night of September 18, 2013, Tate was at a gas station at 3417 Western Ave., South Bend, Indiana. T ate believed that another person (“victim”) at the station owed him (Tate) $600 from a previous drug illegal transaction. While they were both in Tate’s car, Tate showed his handgun that he was carrying (a Star 9mm pistol) to the Victim and offered to sell the victim a relatively small amount of marijuana. While the victim was examining the 1/2 ounce of marijuana, Tate pulled his gun on the victim and told him to hand over his gun, cell phone, wallet (with $45 cash), and car keys. Tate’s Star 9mm gun was recovered by police during an inventory of Tate’s car on September 19, 2013. The Sccy 9mm firearm stolen by Tate from the victim was recovered by police on December 11, 2013 in the glove box of a car of an associate of Tate. According to another individual, Tate sold the Sccy 9mm in early December 2013. 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 Donald Schmid.