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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Nebraska

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, August 24, 2018

August Grand Jury

United States Attorney Joe Kelly announced the federal Grand Jury for the District of Nebraska has returned 40 indictments charging 40 defendants. Indictments are charging documents that contain one or more individual counts that are merely accusations, and every defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

*          Antonio Aguilar Escobar a/k/a Tony Aguilar, age 45, is charged with illegal reentry after deportation on or about July 25, 2018 following an aggravated felony conviction.  The maximum possible penalty if convicted is 20 years imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, a 3 year term of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment.

*          David Bichama-Garcia, age 43, is charged with illegal reentry after deportation following a felony conviction on or about July 31, 2018.  The maximum possible penalty if convicted is 10 years imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, a 3 year term of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment.

*          Jose Naveli Bonilla-Manuelas, age 26, is charged with illegal reentry after deportation on or about July 25, 2018.  The maximum possible penalty if convicted is 2 years imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, a 1 year term of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment.

 *          Aaron Jason Burkholder, age 42, is charged with possession with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine (actual) on or about April 5, 2018.  The maximum possible penalty if convicted is NLT 20 years NMT Life imprisonment, NMT $20,000,000 fine, NLT 10 year term of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment. 

*          Roberto Cadena, age 67, of San Bernardino, California, is charged with possession with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of methamphetamine on or about July 25, 2018.  The maximum possible penalty if convicted is NLT 10 years NMT Life imprisonment, NMT $10,000,000 fine, NLT 5 year term of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment. 

*          Ismael Cardoza Amaya, age 33, is charged with illegal reentry after deportation following a felony conviction on or about July 16, 2018.  The maximum possible penalty if convicted is 10 years imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, a 3 year term of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment.

*          Demetrio Chilel Lopez a/k/a Heiner Lopez Bartolon, age 26, is charged with illegal reentry after deportation following a felony conviction on or about July 12, 2018.  The maximum possible penalty if convicted is 10 years imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, a 3 year term of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment.

*          Miguel Chipuiai-Juarez a/k/a Angel Davila-Ramirez, age 56, is charged with illegal reentry after deportation on or about August 8, 2018.  The maximum possible penalty if convicted is 2 years imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, a 1 year term of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment.

*          Omar Fernando Contreras Figueroa, age 31, is charged with illegal reentry after deportation following a felony conviction on or about June 8, 2018.  The maximum possible penalty if convicted is 10 years imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, a 3 year term of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment.

*          Sean C. Cortez, age 36, of Omaha, is charged in a three Count Indictment.  Count I charges the defendant with bank robbery taking $851.00 from First National Bank on or about July 14, 2018.  The maximum possible penalty if convicted is 20 years imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, a 3 year term of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment.  Count II charges the defendant with bank robbery taking $444.00 from U.S. Bank on or about July 13, 2018.  The maximum possible penalty if convicted is 20 years imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, a 3 year term of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment.  Count III charges the defendant with Hobbs Act robbery taking US currency by force from an employee at Phillips 66 Select Mart on or about July 8, 2018.  The maximum possible penalty if convicted is 20 years imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, a 3 year term of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment.

*          Arturo Cortes Rojas, age 29, is charged with illegal reentry after deportation on or about July 11, 2018.  The maximum possible penalty if convicted is 2 years imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, a 1 year term of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment.

*          Phillip Marlowe Donovan, age 32, is charged in a three-count Indictment.  Count I charges the defendant with possession with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine on or about July 11, 2018.  The maximum possible penalty if convicted is NMT 10 years-NMT Life imprisonment, NMT $10,000,000 fine, NLT 5 year term of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment.  Count II charges the defendant with felon in possession of a firearm on or about July 11, 2018.  The maximum possible penalty if convicted is NMT 10 years imprisonment, NMT $250,000 fine, NMT a 3 year term of supervised release and $100 special assessment. Count III charges the defendant with commission of a felony while on release on or about July 11, 2018.  The maximum possible penalty if convicted is NMT 10 years imprisonment, NMT $250,000 fine, NMT a 3 year term of supervised release and $100 special assessment. 

*          Jose Ramiro Echeverria Montoya, age 29, is charged with illegal reentry after deportation on or about July 23, 2018.  The maximum possible penalty if convicted is 2 years imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, a 1 year term of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment.

*          Miguel Espericueta-Vega, age 56, is charged with illegal reentry after deportation on or about August 8, 2018.  The maximum possible penalty if convicted is 2 years imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, a 1 year term of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment.

*          Gilberto Felix-Aguirre, age 51, is charged with illegal reentry after deportation following a felony conviction on or about August 7, 2018.  The maximum possible penalty if convicted is 10 years imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, a 3 year term of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment.

*          Tony C. Flowers, Sr., age 52, of Omaha, is charged with felon in possession of a firearm on or about June 4, 2018. The maximum possible penalty if convicted is NMT 10 years imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, a 3 year term of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment.

*          Antonio Gallardo-Mayo, age 21, is charged with illegal reentry after deportation on or about August 8, 2018.  The maximum possible penalty if convicted is 2 years imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, a 1 year term of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment.

*          Juan Garcia Martinez a/k/a Mark Anthony Garcia, age 50, is charged with illegal reentry after deportation on or about June 3, 2018 following an aggravated felony conviction.  The maximum possible penalty if convicted is 20 years imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, a 3 year term of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment.

*          Walter Garcia Reynoso, age 46, is charged in a two-count Indictment.  Count I charges the defendant with illegal reentry after deportation following a felony conviction on or about July 26, 2018.  The maximum possible penalty if convicted is 20 years imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, a 3 year term of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment.  Count II charges the defendant with failure to register as a sex offender on or about July 26, 2018.  The maximum possible penalty if convicted is 10 years imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, a 5 year term of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment.

*          Zenon Garcia-Reyes, age 31, is charged with illegal reentry after deportation on or about July 19, 2018.  The maximum possible penalty if convicted is 2 years imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, a 1 year term of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment.

*          Robert Harry Goodman, Jr., age 65, of Arcata, California is charged with interstate trafficking in aid of racketeering between on or about May 6, 2018, and on or about May 9, 2018.  The maximum possible penalty if convicted is NMT 5 years imprisonment, NMT $250,000 fine, NMT 3 year term of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment.  There is also an allegation to forfeit United States currency seized on or about May 9, 2018.

*          Christopher Harper, age 43, is charged in a three-count Indictment.  Count I of the Indictment charges the defendant with possession with intent to distribute 5 grams or more of methamphetamine (actual) on or about June 22, 2018.  The maximum possible penalty if convicted is 40 years imprisonment, a  $5,000,000 fine, 4 year term of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment.  Count II of the Indictment charges the defendant with felon in possession of a firearm on or about June 22, 2018.  The maximum possible penalty if convicted is 10 years imprisonment, $250,000 fine, a 3 year term of supervised release and $100 special assessment. Count III of the Indictment charges the defendant with use of a firearm during a drug trafficking offense on or about June 22, 2018.  The maximum possible penalty if convicted is 5 years-Life consecutive imprisonment, $250,000 fine, a 3 year term of supervised release and $100 special assessment.  There is also an allegation to forfeit United States currency seized on or about June 22, 2018. 

*          Paul Brooks Leetch, age 40, is charged with possession with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine (actual) on or about May 29, 2018.  The maximum possible penalty if convicted is Life imprisonment, $10,000,000 fine, NLT 5 year term of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment. 

*          James Maynard, age 26, is charged in a two-count Indictment.  Count I charges the defendant with conspiracy to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine (actual) beginning on or about May 1, 2018 and continuing to on or about July 11, 2018.  The maximum possible penalty if convicted is Life imprisonment, $10,000,000 fine, NLT 5 year term of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment.  Count II charges the defendant with possession with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine (actual) on or about July 11, 2018.  The maximum possible penalty if convicted is Life imprisonment, $10,000,000 fine, NLT 5 year term of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment. 

*          Diego Mejia-Ortiz, is charged with illegal reentry after deportation on or about August 8, 2018.  The maximum possible penalty if convicted is 2 years imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, a 1 year term of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment.

*          Ramiro Aguirre Miyamoto, age 23, of Omaha, is charged with possession with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of a mixture or substance containing methamphetamine on or about April 8, 2018.  The maximum possible penalty if convicted is Life imprisonment, $10,000,000 fine, NLT 5 year term of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment. 

*          John Nichols, age 53, of Omaha, and Jesus Vega-Moraila, age 49, of Omaha, are charged in a three-count Indictment.  Count I charges Nichols and Vega-Moraila with conspiracy to distribute 500 grams or more of a mixture or substance containing methamphetamine beginning on or about October 1, 2017 and continuing to on or about April 26, 2018.  The maximum possible penalty if convicted is Life imprisonment, $10,000,000 fine, NLT 5 year term of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment.  Count II charges Nichols with possession with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of a mixture or substance containing methamphetamine on or about March 2, 2018.  The maximum possible penalty if convicted is Life imprisonment, $10,000,000 fine, NLT 5 year term of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment.  Count III of the Indictment charges Nichols with felon in possession of a firearm on or about March 2, 2018.  The maximum possible penalty if convicted is 10 years imprisonment, NMT $250,000 fine, a 3 year term of supervised release and $100 special assessment.  There is also an allegation to forfeit United States currency seized on or about March 2, 2018. 

*          Richard D. Peacock, age 37, of Omaha, is charged in an eleven-count Indictment.  Each count charges the defendant with knowingly making false statements while employed at Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) between January 14, 2015 and March 3, 2016.  The maximum possible penalty if convicted is 5 years imprisonment for each count, a $250,000 fine for each count, a 3 year term of supervised release for each count, and a $100 special assessment for each count. 

*          Garrett Calvin Pete, age 53, of Billings, Montana, is charged with felon in possession of a firearm on or about June 5, 2018. The maximum possible penalty if convicted is 10 years imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, a 3 year term of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment.

*          Carey Dean Phillips, Jr., age 24, of Sioux City, Iowa, is charged with failure to register as a sex offender on or about June 25, 2018.  The maximum possible penalty if convicted is 10 years imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, a 5 year term of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment.

*          Jesus Ramos Ramos, is charged with illegal reentry after deportation on or about August 8, 2018.  The maximum possible penalty if convicted is 2 years imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, a 1 year term of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment.

*          Sergio Rodriguez Ruiz, age 31, is charged with illegal reentry after deportation on or about August 7, 2018 following an aggravated felony conviction.  The maximum possible penalty if convicted is 20 years imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, a 3 year term of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment.

*          Oscar Eulacio Sandoval, age 41, of San Diego, California, is charged with possession with intent to distribute 5 grams or more of methamphetamine (actual) on or about July 5, 2018.  The maximum possible penalty if convicted is 40 years imprisonment, $5,000,000 fine, NLT 4 year term of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment. 

*          Nahum Silva Avila, age 40, of Omaha, is charged with illegal reentry after deportation on or about July 18, 2018.  The maximum possible penalty if convicted is 2 years imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, a 1 year term of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment.

*          Manuel Solis-Castro, age 44, of Ainsworth, Nebraska, is charged with illegal reentry after deportation on or about August 8, 2018.  The maximum possible penalty if convicted is 2 years imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, a 1 year term of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment.

*          Rodolfo Tizol Gomez, age 41, is charged with illegal reentry after deportation on or about August 7, 2018.  The maximum possible penalty if convicted is 2 years imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, a 1 year term of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment.

*          Kristie Trejo, age 44, is charged in a three-count Indictment.  Count I charges the defendant with possession with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine (actual) on or about April 30, 2018.  The maximum possible penalty if convicted is Life imprisonment, $10,000,000 fine, 5 year term of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment.  Count II charges the defendant with distribution of 5 grams or more of methamphetamine (actual) on or about March 13, 2018.  The maximum possible penalty if convicted is 40 years imprisonment, $5,000,000 fine, 4 year term of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment.  Count III charges the defendant with distribution of 5 grams or more of methamphetamine (actual) on or about March 29, 2018.  The maximum possible penalty if convicted is 40 years imprisonment, $5,000,000 fine, 4 year term of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment. 

*          Augustine Valadez-Briceno, age 36,  is charged with illegal reentry after deportation following a felony conviction on or about July 13, 2018.  The maximum possible penalty if convicted is 10 years imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, a 3 year term of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment.

*          Arildo Vieira De Santana, age 39, of Lincoln, is charged in a two-Count Indictment.  Count I charges the defendant with misuse of a social security number on or about July 19, 2018.  The maximum possible penalty if convicted is 5 years imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, a 3 year term of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment.  Count II charges the defendant with fraud and misuse of visas & other documents on or about July 19, 2018.  The maximum possible penalty if convicted is 10 years imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, a 3 year term of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment.

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Updated August 27, 2018