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

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Friday, August 15, 2014

Week In Review – South Bend


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

PLEAS

  • David Rodriguez, 32, of Elkhart, 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.  Sentencing has been set for November 10, 2014.  This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Jesse Barrett.
  • Clifton Valentius Holiday, 27, of South Bend, 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.  Sentencing has been set for November 10, 2014.  This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Jesse Barrett. 
  • Vernado Ruben Malone, 41, of Indianapolis, Indiana pled guilty to the felony offenses of mail fraud and aggravated identity theft. 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 Federal Bureau of Investigation.  Sentencing has been set for Novemer 13, 2014.  This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Donald Schmid. 
  • Crystal Riggs, 48, of Goshen, Indiana pled guilty to the felony offense of theft of government property.   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 United States Postal Service.  Sentencing has been set for November 18, 2014. This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Jesse Barrett.

 
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

  • Demarcus Bowling, 21, of Mishawaka, Indiana was sentenced to 24 months imprisonment with 2 years supervised release after pleading guilty to the felony offense of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.  According to documents filed in this case, on March 6, 2013 Bowling was convicted of theft, a Class D felony.  After March 6, 2013 and before September 3, 2013, he knowingly possessed a .357 revolver in the Northern District of Indiana. 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.
  • Zamale Davis, 19, of South Bend, Indiana was sentenced to 121 months imprisonment, 2 years Supervised Release, $200 Special Assessment and Restitution to KeyBank in the amount of $53,800 after pleading guilty to the felony offense of armed bank robbery.  According to documents filed in this case, on August 7, 2013, Davis along with other accomplices robbed a Bristol, Indiana bank of $53,800.  During the robbery, Davis vaulted the counter.   The day after this robbery, with a portion of the bank robbery proceeds, Davis purchased two cars. This case was the result of an investigation by Federal Bureau of Investigation.  This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Donald J. Schmid.
Updated April 30, 2015