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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, July 27, 2015

July Grand Jury

United States Attorney Deborah R. Gilg announced the federal Grand Jury for the District of Nebraska has returned 22 indictments charging 24 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.

*          Rhonda Anderson, age 36, of Casper, Wyoming, is charged with bank theft and embezzlement between on or about June 7, 2012 to on or about October 28, 2013.  The defendant allegedly took approximately $20,964.51from accounts of bank customers and from intended deposits into accounts of the bank and converted these proceeds to her own use and benefit.  The maximum possible penalty if convicted is 30 years, a $1,000,000 fine, a 5 year term of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment.

*          Selvin Ayala-Quintanilla, age 33, of Crete, Nebraska, is charged with illegal reentry into the United States on or about April 3, 2015,  following deportation. 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.

*          Christopher Baskin, age 44, of Omaha, is charged with tampering with a witness beginning on or about April 2, 2015, and continuing to on or about June 28, 2015.  The maximum possible penalty if convicted is 20 years, a $250,000  fine, a 3 year term of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment.  

*          Mark James Decora, age 31, of Winnebago, is charged with assault resulting in serious bodily injury on or about March 21, 2015. 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.

*          Jaime Erives-Hernandez, age 47, is charged with illegal reentry into the United States on or about June 16, 2015,  following deportation. 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.

*          Jason Freemont, age 48, of Walthill, is charged in a four-count Indictment.  Counts I and III of the Indictment charge the defendant with assault with a dangerous weapon on or about June 12, 2015.  Counts II and IV of the Indictment charge Freemont with assault resulting in serious bodily injury on or about June 12, 2015.  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 for each count.

*          Arturo Hernandez-Rodriguez, age 38, of Lincoln, is charged with illegal reentry into the United States on or about July 7, 2015,  following deportation. 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.

*          Bryan Jensen, age 42, of Omaha, is charged in a four-count Indictment.  Count I of the Indictment charges the defendant with felon in possession of a firearm on or about May 15, 2015.  The maximum possible penalty if convicted is 10 years, a $250,000 fine, a 3 year term of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment.  Counts II and IV of the Indictment charges Jensen with possession with intent to distribute a mixture containing methamphetamine on or about March 5, 2015 and on or about May 5, 2015.  The maximum possible penalty if convicted is 20 years imprisonment, a $1,000,000 fine, a 3 year term of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment for each count.   Count III of the Indictment charges the defendant with carrying a firearm during and in relation to, or possessing a firearm in furtherance of, a drug trafficking offense on or about May 15, 2015.  The maximum possible penalty if convicted is imprisonment of not less than 5 years and up to Life to be served consecutive to any other sentence imposed, a $250,000 fine, a 5 year term of supervised release and a $100 special assessment.

*          Jamie Dean Lewis, age 28, is charged in a six-count Indictment.  Counts I and IV of the Indictment charge the defendant with possession with intent to distribute a mixture containing methamphetamine on or about April 5, 2015 and on or about May 28, 2015.  The maximum possible penalty if convicted is 20 years imprisonment, a $1,000,000 fine, a 3 year term of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment for each count.  Counts II and V of the Indictment charge Lewis with carrying a firearm during and in relation to, or possessing a firearm in furtherance of, a drug trafficking offense on or about April 5, 2015 and on or about May 28, 2015.  The maximum possible penalty if convicted is imprisonment of not less than 5 years and up to Life to be served consecutive to any other sentence imposed, a $250,000 fine, a 3 year term of supervised release and a $100 special assessment for each count.  Counts III and VI of the Indictment charge the defendant with felon in possession of a firearm on or about April 5, 2015 and on or about May 28, 2015.  The maximum possible penalty if convicted is 10 years, a $250,000 fine, a 3 year term of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment for each count.      

*          Shyla Martinez, age 31, is charged in a four-count Indictment.  Count I of the Indictment charges the defendant with conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of a mixture containing methamphetamine from an unknown date but at least as early as July 15, 2014, up to and including October 25, 2014.  The maximum possible penalty if convicted is Life imprisonment, a $10,000,000 fine, a 5 year term of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment. Counts II and IV of the Indictment charge Martinez with distribution of more than 5 grams of actual methamphetamine on or about February 20, 2015 and on or about March 5, 2015.  The maximum possible penalty if convicted is 40 years imprisonment, a $5,000,000 fine, a 4 year term of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment for each count.  Count III of the Indictment charges the defendant with distribution of less than 5 grams of actual methamphetamine on or about March 1, 2015.  The maximum possible penalty if convicted is 20 years imprisonment, a $1,000,000 fine, a 3 year term of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment.         

*          Marco Tulio Montalvan-Estrada, age 43, of Austin, Texas, is charged with illegal reentry into the United States on or about June 25, 2015,  following deportation. 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.

*          Aloysius Montgomery, age 29, of Omaha, is charged with felon in possession of a firearm on or about June 18, 2015.  The maximum possible penalty if convicted is 10 years, a $250,000 fine, a 3 year term of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment.

*          Thomas Peterson, age 56, of Kearney, is charged in a five-count Indictment.  Counts I thru IV of the Indictment charge Thomas Peterson, a deputy probation officer employed by the State of Nebraska District 9 Probation Office in Kearney, Nebraska, with deprivation of civil rights on various dates.    The maximum possible penalty if convicted is 1 year imprisonment, a $100,000 fine, a 1 year term of supervised release, and a $25 special assessment for each count.  Count V of the Indictment charges the defendant with making false statements to a government agent on or about May 14, 2015.   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 for each count.

*          Elmer Quinteros-Escobar, age 38, of Kearney, is charged with illegal reentry into the United States on or about June 16, 2015, following deportation. 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.

*          Josue Quiroga, a/k/a Josue Valencia, age 24 and Hamolequet Adi Quiroga, age 31, both of Kearney, are charged in a two-count Indictment.  Count I of the Indictment charges both defendants with  conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of a mixture containing methamphetamine and marijuana beginning on or about August 2014 , and continuing to on or about February, 2015.  Count II of the Indictment charges Josue Quiroga with carrying a firearm during and in relation to, or possessing a firearm in furtherance of, a drug trafficking offense on or about August, 2014 and continuing to on or about February, 2015.    The maximum possible penalty if convicted is imprisonment of not less than 5 years and up to Life to be served consecutive to any other sentence imposed, a $250,000 fine, a 5 year term of supervised release and a $100 special assessment.          

*          Jose Luciano Ramirez Garcia, age 28, of Omaha, is charged with illegal reentry into the United States on or about June 25, 2015,  following deportation. 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.

*          J. Guadalupe Ramos Leon, age 39, of Kearney, is charged with illegal reentry into the United States on or about July 8, 2015, following deportation. 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.

*          Ala Marouf Salameh, age 38, of Omaha, is charged in a two-count Indictment.  Count I of the Indictment charges Salameh with fraud and misuse of visas, permits, and other documents on or about June 17, 2015.  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.  Count II of the Indictment, charges the defendant with making false statements in a document in a matter within the jurisdiction of a government agency on or about October 27, 2014.  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.

*          Erwin Sample, age 31, of Alliance, is charged in a two-count Indictment.  Count I of the Indictment charges the defendant with conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute a mixture containing methamphetamine beginning on or about March, 2014, and continuing to on or about July, 2015. Count II of the Indictment charges Sample with possession of a stolen firearm.  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.          

*          Asael De Jesus Sanchez Escamilla, is charged with illegal reentry into the United States on or about June 12, 2015, following deportation. 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.

*          Rigoberto Vasquez-Martinez, aka Francisco Gonzalez, age 57 and Maria Elena Macias-Rios, age 50 are charged in a two-count Indictment.  Count I of the Indictment charges the defendants with conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute 500 grams of a mixture containing methamphetamine on or about April 13, 2015.  The maximum possible penalty if convicted is Life imprisonment, a $10,000,000 fine, a 5 year term of supervised release and a $100 special assessment.

            Count II of the Indictment charges Vasquez-Martinez with illegal reentry into the United States on or about June 12, 2015, following deportation. 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.       

*          Reta White, a/k/a Reta Smith, a/k/a Vanessa Smith, a/k/a Rita Jackson, age 59, of Omaha, is charged with harboring a fugitive on or about June 23, 2015.  The maximum possible penalty if convicted is 5 years, a $250,000 fine, a 3 year term of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment.  

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