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

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Monday, January 27, 2020

Grand Jury - January 2020

United States Attorney Joe Kelly announced the federal Grand Jury for the District of Nebraska has returned 28 Indictments charging 30 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.

*          Juan Guadalupe Balbuena Gallegos, age 37, is charged with illegal reentry after deportation on or about January 16, 2020.  The maximum possible penalty if convicted is 2 years’ imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, a one-year term of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment.

*          Andres Bautista Velasquez, age 39, is charged with illegal reentry after deportation on or about November 18, 2019.  The maximum possible penalty if convicted is 2 years’ imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, a one-year term of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment.

*          Shane A. Bertucci, age 36, is charged with domestic assault by a habitual offender on or about January 8, 2020.  The maximum possible penalty if convicted is 5 years’ imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, a three-year term of supervised release, a $100 special assessment.

*          Leonel Dario Blanco-Sanchez, age 21, and Samantha Perez-Juarez, age 20, are charged with conspiracy to distribute and possession with intent to deliver 500 grams or more of methamphetamine (mixture) beginning in November 1, 2019, and continuing through January 8, 2020.  The maximum possible penalty for each if convicted is life imprisonment, $10,000,000 fine, five-year term of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment. 

*          Timothy A. Caruso, age 43, is charged with receipt and distribution of child pornography on or about December 24, 2018. Because of his prior child pornography conviction, Caruso faces a 15-year mandatory minimum and a maximum possible penalty of 40 years’ imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, a Life term of supervised release, a $100 special assessment, and a $17,000 additional special assessment. 

*          Henry Richard Cline, age 60, is charged with failing to register as a sex offender on or about February 1, 2019 through on or about September 26, 2019.  The maximum possible penalty if convicted is 10 years’ imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, five-year term of supervised release, a $100 special assessment. 

*          Darien Duran-Castellon, age 36, and Alejandro Cossio, are charged with transmitting threatening communications in interstate and foreign commerce on or about January 1, 2019 and on or about December 17, 2019.  The maximum possible penalty if convicted is 5 years’ imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, three-year term of supervised release, a $100 special assessment. 

*          Martin Garcia, age 39, is charged with illegal reentry after deportation following a felony conviction on or about January 2, 2020.  The maximum possible penalty if convicted is 10 years’ imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, a three-year term of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment.

*          Jorge Garcia Zavalta, age 31, is charged with illegal reentry after deportation on or about December 26, 2019.  The maximum possible penalty if convicted is 2 years’ imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, a one-year term of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment.

*          Alex Dunte Green, age 32, is charged with possession with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of cocaine (mixture) on or about June 3, 2019.  The maximum possible penalty if convicted is life imprisonment, $8,000,000 fine, eight-year term of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment.

*          Fermin Heredia-Lopez, age 27, is charged with conspiracy to distribute and possession with intent to deliver 500 grams or more of methamphetamine (mixture) and 500 grams or more of cocaine (mixture) beginning in October 4, 2019, and continuing through January 11, 2020.  The maximum possible penalty if convicted is life imprisonment, $10,000,000 fine, 5-year term of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment.  There is also an allegation to forfeit United States currency seized on or about January 11, 2020.

*          Robert Keith Hopkins, age 39, of Central City, Nebraska, is charged in a two-count Indictment.  Count I charges the defendant with production of child pornography on or about December 9, 2019.  The offense carries a 15-year mandatory minimum sentence and a maximum possible penalty of 30 years’ imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, a Life term of supervised release, a $100 special assessment, and a $50,000 additional special assessment.  Count II charges the defendant with possession of child pornography on or about December 17, 2019.  The maximum possible penalty if convicted is 20 years’ imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, a Life term of supervised release, a $100 special assessment, and a $17,000 additional special assessment.   

*          Kevin C. Johnson, age 34, of Omaha, is charged in a four-count Indictment.  Count I charges the defendant with possession with intent to distribute 28 grams or more of crack cocaine (mixture) on or about December 6, 2019.  The maximum possible penalty if convicted is 80 years’ imprisonment, $20,000,000 fine, ten-year term of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment.  Count II charges the defendant with use/possess firearm with drug trafficking on or about December 6, 2019. The maximum possible penalty if convicted is life imprisonment consecutive to the crack charges, a $250,000 fine, a five-year term of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment.  Count III charges the defendant with distribution of less than 28 grams of crack cocaine (mixture) on or about December 3, 2019.  The maximum possible penalty if convicted is 40 years’ imprisonment, $2,000,000 fine, six-year term of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment.  Count IV charges the defendant with felon in possession of a firearm on or about December 6, 2019. The maximum possible penalty if convicted is life imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, a three-year term of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment.   

*          Tevin R. King, age 26, of Omaha, is charged in a two-count Indictment.  Count I charges the defendant with distribution of visual depictions of minors engaging in sexually explicit conduct on or about November 18, 2019.  The maximum possible penalty if convicted is 20 years’ imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, a Life term of supervised release, a $100 special assessment, and a $5,000 additional special assessment.  Count II charges the defendant with possession of child pornography on or about December 17, 2019.  Because of the prior child pornography conviction, the maximum possible penalty if convicted is 20 years’ imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, a Life term of supervised release, a $100 special assessment, and a $5,000 additional special assessment.   

*          Ivan Leon-Vega a/k/a Ivan Leon Vera, age 39, is charged, with illegal reentry after deportation following a felony conviction on or about January 14, 2020.  The maximum possible penalty if convicted is 10 years’ imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, a three-year term of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment.

*          Sheila Likness, age 43, of Omaha, and Thomas Povondra, age 53, of Omaha, are charged in a six-count Indictment.  Count I charges Likness with distribution of 5 grams or more of methamphetamine (actual) on or about October 24, 2019.  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 II charges Likness with distribution of 5 grams or more of methamphetamine (actual) on or about October 24, 2019.  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 Likness with distribution of 5 grams or more of methamphetamine (actual) on or about November 11, 2019.  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 IV charges the defendants with conspiracy to unlawfully transfer a document or authentication feature on or about October 11, 2019, to on or about December 17, 2019. The maximum possible penalty for each if convicted is 15 years’ imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, a 3-year term of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment.  Count V charges the defendants with sale of a card purporting to be a social security card on or about October 11, 2019, to on or about December 17, 2019. The maximum possible penalty for each if convicted is 5 years’ imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, a three-year term of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment.  Count VI charges the defendants with aggravated identity theft on or about October 11, 2019 to on or about December 17, 2019. The maximum possible penalty for each if convicted is 2 years’ consecutive imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, a one-year term of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment.  There is also an allegation to forfeit computers and accessories seized on or about December 17, 2019.   

*          Darrell L. Manley, age 18, is charged in a nine-count Indictment.  Count I charges the defendant with interference with commerce by robbery on or about July 22, 2019.  The maximum possible penalty if convicted is 20 years imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, a three-year term of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment.  Count II charges the defendant with brandishing a firearm during a crime of violence on or about July 22, 2019.  The maximum possible penalty if convicted is Life imprisonment consecutive, a $250,000 fine, a five-year term of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment.  Counts III through VII charge the defendant with interference with commerce by robbery on or about September 12, 2019 and on September 16, 2019.  The maximum possible penalty if convicted is 20 years imprisonment each count, a $250,000 fine each count, a three-year term of supervised release each count, and a $100 special assessment each count.  Count VIII charges the defendant with brandishing a firearm during a crime of violence on or about September 16, 2019.  The maximum possible penalty if convicted is Life imprisonment consecutive, a $250,000 fine, a five-year term of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment.  Count IX charges the defendant with interference with commerce by robbery on or about September 18, 2019.  The maximum possible penalty if convicted is 20 years imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, a three-year term of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment. 

*          Simon Mateo Gaspar, age 33, is charged with illegal reentry after deportation on or about December 11, 2019.  The maximum possible penalty if convicted is 2 years’ imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, a one-year term of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment.

*          Dustin Minkler, age 27, is charged with failing to register as a sex offender on or about July 17, 2019 through on or about December 12, 2019.  The maximum possible penalty if convicted is 10 years’ imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, five-year term of supervised release, a $100 special assessment. 

*          Carlos D. Montejano, age 35, is charged with felon in possession on or about October 17, 2019.  The maximum possible penalty if convicted is 10 years imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, a three-year term of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment. 

*          Andres Morales-Bautista a/k/a Sebastian Martinez, age 39, is charged in a three-count Indictment. Count I charges the defendant with false representation of a social security number on or about November 22, 2015.  The maximum possible penalty if convicted is 5 years’ imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, a three-year term of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment.  Count II charges the defendant with fraud and misuse of visas, permits, and other documents on or about November 22, 2015.  The maximum possible penalty if convicted is 5 years’ imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, a three-year term of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment.  Count III charges the defendant with illegal reentry of a removed alien on or about January 7, 2020.  The maximum possible penalty if convicted is 2 years’ imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, a one-year term of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment.      

*          Julio Ordonez Duarte a/k/a Julio Noel Ordonez Duarte, age 34, is charged with illegal reentry after deportation on or about December 10, 2019.  The maximum possible penalty if convicted is 2 years’ imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, a one-year term of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment.

*          Miguel Ortiz-Juarez, age 26, is charged with illegal reentry after deportation on or about January 14, 2020.  The maximum possible penalty if convicted is 2 years’ imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, a one-year term of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment.

*          Elvis Quinonez-Revolorio, age 47, is charged with illegal reentry after deportation on or about January 6, 2020.  The maximum possible penalty if convicted is 2 years’ imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, a one-year term of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment.

*          Cody Rhyne, age 31, is charged in a three-count Indictment.  Count I charges the defendant with possession with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine (mixture) on or about December 4, 2019.  The maximum possible penalty if convicted is 40 years’ imprisonment, $5,000,000 fine, four-year term of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment.  Count II charges the defendant with possession of a firearm during drug trafficking crime on or about December 4, 2019.  The maximum possible penalty if convicted is life imprisonment consecutive, $250,000 fine, five-year term of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment. Count III charges the defendant with felon in possession of a firearm on or about December 4, 2019.  The maximum possible penalty if convicted is 10 years’ imprisonment, $250,000 fine, three-year term of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment. 

*          Ervin Sanchez-Vasquez, age 25, is charged with illegal reentry after deportation on or about January 16, 2020.  The maximum possible penalty if convicted is 2 years’ imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, a one-year term of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment.

*          Rodney Thomas, age 40, of Winnebago, Nebraska, is charged in a five-count Indictment.  Counts I and II charge the defendant with abusive sexual contact with a minor on or about November 17, 2019.  The maximum possible penalty if convicted is 2 years’ imprisonment each count, a $250,000 fine each count, a Life term of supervised release each count, a $100 special assessment each count.  Counts III and IV charge the defendant with committing an offense against a minor while required to register as a sex offender on or about November 17, 2019.  The maximum possible penalty if convicted is 10 years’ imprisonment each count consecutive to Counts I and II.  Count IV charges the defendant with terroristic threats on or about November 17, 2019.  The maximum possible penalty if convicted is 2 years’ imprisonment, a $10,000 fine, a one-year term of supervised release, a $100 special assessment.

 *         Gregorio Zetino-De La Cruz, age 27, is charged in a two-count Indictment. Count I charges the defendant with false representation of a social security number on or about August 20, 2018.  The maximum possible penalty if convicted is 5 years’ imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, a three-year term of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment.  Count II charges the defendant with false claims to United States citizenship on or about August 20, 2018 and December 12, 2019.  The maximum possible penalty if convicted is 3 years’ imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, a three-year term of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment. 

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Updated January 29, 2020