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

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Tuesday, May 12, 2020

NDTX Roundup: Amarillo Grand Jury

CHARGED – Lakee Ealey, Crystal Ealey & Rodrick McKinney *

On May 6, a federal grand jury in Amarillo indicted Lakee Donae Ealey, 38, Crystal Hernandez Ealey, 33, and Rodrick Rashad McKinney, 21, on one count each of conspiracy to interfere with commerce by robbery, interference with commerce by robbery, and brandishing a firearm during a crime of violence. The defendants allegedly stole approximately $933,000 from an armored vehicle owned by Brinks, a security logistic company. They allegedly threatened the driver at gunpoint, then fled the scene, money in hand, in a pickup truck they later set on fire. The defendants face up to 47 years in federal prison.  The case was investigated by the FBI and prosecuted by AUSAs Joe Magliolo and Gary Tromblay of NDTX’s Dallas Office.

 

CHARGED – Jesse Whitaker *

On May 6, a federal grand jury indicted Jesse Navarro Whitaker, 45, on one count of assaulting a federal officer, one count of being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm, and one count of discharging a firearm during a crime of violence. The defendant allegedly used a Smith & Wesson .40 caliber pistol to assault three Bureau of Prisons correctional officers at FCI Seagoville. Whitaker faces a mandatory minimum of 10 years and up to life in federal prison. The case was investigated by the Bureau of Prisons and prosecuted by AUSA Gary Tromblay of NDTX’s Dallas Office.

 

CHARGED – 8 alleged drug traffickers *

On May 6, a federal grand jury indicted Carrington Marshall Thomas,  27, Broderick Deshane Jones, 25,  Roderick Dewayne Jones, 26,  Dominique Rondrell Thompson, 21, Jonathan Taylor Singletary, 25, Adrian Trayvon Spears, 20, Zeric Queontrahl Moore, 23, and James Chadrick Robinson, 21, for conspiracy to knowingly possess firearms in furtherance of drug trafficking crimes. The defendants face up to 20 years in federal prison. The case was investigated by the ATF and prosecuted by AUSA Shawn Smith of NDTX’s Fort Worth Office.

 

CHARGED – Manuel Chavez & Michelle Miranda * 

On May 6, a federal grand jury indicted Manuel Conception Chavez, 28, and Michelle Monique Miranda, 19, on charges of interference with commerce by robbery. On January 19, the pair allegedly used force and threats of violence to steal money from employees of a Family Dollar Store in Dallas. Both defendants face up to 20 years in federal prison. The case was investigated by the FBI and prosecuted by AUSA Abe McGlothin of NDTX’s Dallas Office.

 

CHARGED – Reginald Foster *

On May 6, a federal grand jury indicted Reginald Santel Foster, 40, on two counts of possession with intent to distribute heroin, one count of possession with intent to distribute cocaine, and one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm, namely a Taurus revolver. Foster faces up to 30 years in federal prison. The case was investigated by the DEA and prosecuted by AUSA Phelesa Guy of NDTX’s Dallas Office.

 

CHARGED – Shane Burkett * 

On May 6, a federal grand jury indicted Shane Dwayne Burkett, 18, on one count of illegal receipt of a firearm by a person under indictment, as well as conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine. The defendant, who was already under indictment in Dallas County for burglary of a building, evading arrest, and unauthorized use of a vehicle, allegedly received a .40 caliber Glock. Burkett faces up to 30 years in federal prison. The case was investigated by Dallas Police Department and Texas DPS and prosecuted by AUSA P.J. Meitl of NDTX’s Dallas Office.

 

CHARGED – Christopher Owens * 

On May 6, a federal grand jury indicted Christopher Darnell Owens, 34, for attempted child sex trafficking and obstruction of justice. If convicted, he faces up to life in federal prison. The case was investigated by HSI and prosecuted by AUSA Becky Ricketts of NDTX’s Dallas Office.

 

CHARGED – Hannah Edwards *

On May 6, a federal grand jury indicted Hannah Nicole Edwards, 24, for sexual exploitation of a child. The defendant allegedly took lewd photos of a male toddler’s genitals on her iPhone. Edwards faces up to 30 years in federal prison. The case was investigated by the FBI and prosecuted by AUSA Aisha Saleem of NDTX’s Fort Worth Office.

 

CHARGED – Tania Delarosa * 

On May 6, a federal grand jury indicted Tania Delarosa, 42, on an attempted bank robbery charge. On March 27, the defendant allegedly attempted to steal U.S. currency from a Bank of America in Dallas. Delarosa faces up to 20 years in federal prison. The case was investigated by the Dallas Police Department and FBI and prosecuted by AUSA Becky Ricketts of NDTX’s Dallas Office.

 

CHARGED – Victor Martinez *

On May 6, a federal grand jury indicted Victor Martinez, 40, on conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine, possession with intent to distribute marijuana, possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, prohibited person in possession of a firearm, and possession of an unregistered firearm. The drug-dealing defendant allegedly possessed a gun silencer that was not registered to him in the National Firearms Registration & Transfer Record. Martinez faces up to life in federal custody. The case was investigated by the DEA and prosecuted by AUSA Rachel Jones of NDTX’s Dallas Office.

 

CHARGED – Franklin Watson *

On May 6, a federal grand jury indicted Franklin Delano Watson, 32, for possession with intent to distribute methylenedioxymethamphetamine, commonly known as ecstasy. Watson faces up to 20 years in federal prison. The case was investigated by the ATF and Texas DPS and prosecuted by AUSA Rob Boudreau of NDTX’s Fort Worth Office.

 

*All defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law.

Topic(s): 
Drug Trafficking
Firearms Offenses
Violent Crime
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Contact: 
Erin Dooley 214-659-8707 erin.dooley@usdoj.gov Todd Martin 214-659-8691 todd.martin3@usdoj.gov
Updated May 12, 2020