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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, July 3, 2014

Week In Review - South Bend


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

PLEA

  • Jeremy L. Hall, 38, of Warsaw, Indiana pled guilty to the felony offense of possession and distribution of child pornography. The magistrate 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 and the Michigan City Police Department.  Sentencing has been set for 10/2/2014.  This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney John Maciejczyk.

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

  • Keon Lovelady, 25, of South Bend, Indiana was sentenced to 12 months and a day imprisonment and 2 years supervised release after pleading guilty to the felony offense of lying during the attempted acquisition of a firearm.  According to documents filed in this case, in July 2012, defendant agreed to make a “straw purchase” of a .40 caliber pistol firearm from Midwest Gun Exchange for another person.  On July 13, 2012, Lovelady went to a firearms store, falsely filled out the 4473 form that was required for the purchase of the pistol and paid for the pistol.  This case was the result of an investigation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the South Bend Police Department.  This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Donald J. Schmid.
  • Joseph H Golden, 27, of Fort Wayne, Indiana was sentenced to 24 months imprisonment and 2 years supervised release after pleading guilty to the felony offense of bank robbery and conspiracy to commit bank robbery.  According to documents filed in this case, in late 2013, Golden was released from Indiana State Prison.  On December 11, 2013, the defendant called a bank teller in Goshen, Indiana, and stated he had gotten the teller’s name from an inmate friend.  Golden indicated he wanted to commit a bank robbery at the bank where the teller worked.  Over the next several weeks, Golden discussed with the teller (who was cooperating with law enforcement after the initial call) plans for an armed bank robbery.  The plan eventually evolved into a plan to commit larceny inside the bank.  The two exchanged subsequent conversations of Golden’s preparation to rob the bank.  As he left his residence and approached Goshen, Indiana, law enforcement officers conducted a traffic stop on Golden’s vehicle and arrested him.  This case was the result of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Goshen Police Department.  This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Donald Schmid.
  • Marcelino Ruiz-Robles, 36, of South Bend, Indiana was sentenced to 27 months imprisonment with 3 years supervised release after pleading guilty to the felony offense of possession with intent to distribute cocaine.  According to documents filed in this case, on September 25, 2013, Ruiz-Robles sold a package of cocaine to an individual he did not know was working for law enforcement.  This illegal drug transaction occurred in St. Joseph County, Indiana.   This case was the result of an investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration.  This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Frank Schaffer.

 

Updated April 30, 2015