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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, November 27, 2017

November 2017 Grand Jury

Acting United States Attorney Robert C. Stuart announced the federal Grand Jury for the District of Nebraska has returned 32 indictments charging 41 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.
 

*          Darbry Alvarez-Valenzuela,  age 35, is charged with illegal reentry after deportation following a felony conviction on or about November 3, 2017.  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.

 

*          Lance Barber, age 31, of Omaha, is charged in a three-count Indictment. Count I of the Indictment charges the defendant with possession with intent to deliver 5 grams or more of  methamphetamine on or about September 12, 2017.  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.  Count II of the Indictment charges Barber with use of a firearm on or about September 12, 2017.  The maximum possible penalty if convicted is 5 years-Life consecutive imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, a 5 year term of supervised release and $100 special assessment.  Count III of the Indictment charges Lance with felon in possession of a firearm on or about September 12, 2017.   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.

 

 

*          Francisco Becerra-Robles,  age 48, is charged with illegal reentry after deportation following an aggravated felony conviction on or about October 26, 2017.  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.

 

*          Derrick C. Bratton, age 51, of Omaha, is charged with possession with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of a mixture containing methamphetamine on or about October 25, 2017.  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.

 

 

*          Leobardo Cabrera-Ramirez, age 43, is charged with possession with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of a mixture containing methamphetamine on or about October 14, 2017. 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.

 

*          Margarito Duarte-Vazquez,  age 28, is charged with illegal reentry after deportation on or about February 26, 2017.  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 31, of Omaha, is charged with conspiracy to and possess with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of a mixture containing methamphetamine between on or about January 1, 2014 and on or about September 30, 2016. The maximum possible penalty if convicted is 10 years imprisonment, a $10,000,000 fine, a 5 year term of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment.

 

 

*          Sixto Leonel Giron Avila, age 49, of Omaha, is charged with illegal reentry after deportation on or about October 31, 2017.  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.

 

*          Kenneth Hechtman, age 49, of Omaha, Wendy Hechtman, age 42, of Omaha, Colter Keffer, age 23, of LaVista, Nebraska, and Abby Rowell, age 28, of Omaha, are charged in a three count Indictment.  Kenneth and Wendy are charged in Count I with conspiracy to manufacture 10 grams or more of Fentanyl Analogue between on or about March 2017 and  October 30, 2017.  The maximum possible penalty if convicted is 40 years imprisonment, a $5,000,000 fine, a 4 years term of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment. Kenneth, Wendy, Colter and Abby are charged in Count II with conspiracy to distribute Fentanyl Analogue between on or about March 2017 and October 30, 2017. The maximum possible penalty of convicted is 20 years imprisonment, a $1,000,000 fine, a 3 year term of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment.  Kenneth and Wendy are charged in Count III with possession with intent to distribute 400 grams or more of Fentanyl Analogue on or about October 30, 2017.  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.  

 

 

*          Christopher Hervey,  age 32, of Omaha, is charged in a five-count Indictment with uttering counterfeit currency on or about September 18, 2017 and continuing through October 3, 2017.  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.

 

*          Anthony Hollingsworth, age 29, is charged with felon in possession of a firearm on or about April 21, 2017. 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.

 

*          Israel Elias Holmes, age 22, Kiana Michelle Stabler, age 21, Crystal Larae Stabler, age 21, of Lincoln, Nebraska, Kaylene Edna Mae Stabler, age 22, and Julian Michael Huffman, age 23, , are charged in a three count Indictment.  All five defendants are charged in Count I with conspiracy to commit robbery, on or about March 16, 2017.  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. Kiana Stabler, Kaylene Stabler and Julian Huffman are charged in Count II with Bank Robbery on or about May 26, 2017. 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.  Israel Holmes is charged in Count III with Bank Robbery on or about October 3, 2017. 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. 

 

*          Jaime Jaime-Gayton, age 39, is charged with falsely representing a Social Security number on or about December 11, 2013.  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.

 

*          Daniel Kinnison, age 62, of Verdigre, Nebraska, is charged with Tax Evasion on or about February 8, 2009 through February 23, 2016.  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.

 

*          Christopher G. Kober, age 44, is charged in a two count Indictment.  Kober is charged in Count I with acquiring drugs by fraud/diversion between on or about January 2016 and March 17, 2017.  The maximum possible penalty if convicted is 4 years imprisonment, a $250,000 fine,  1 year term of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment. Kober is charged in Count II with possession with intent to distribute Schedule II Controlled Substances on or about March 17, 2017.  The maximum possible penalty if convicted is 20 years imprisonment, a $1,000,000,000 fine, a 3 year term of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment. 

 

 

*          Jaimie R. Laass, age 47, of South Sioux City, Nebraska is charged in a 15 Count Indictment with Wire Fraud on or about December 10, 2012 through May 13, 2015.  The maximum possible penalty if convicted is 20 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.

 

*          Joseph Lanckriet, age 26, of Omaha, and Thomas Woodard, age 35, of Union, are charged in a two-count Indictment.  Counts I and II of the Indictment charge the defendants with bank robbery and aiding and abetting on or about December 7, 2012 and on or about March 28, 2013.  The maximum possible penalty if convicted is 25 years imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, a 3 year term of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment for each count.

 

*          Melchor Lemus-Rodriguez ,  age 35, of Columbus, is charged with illegal reentry after deportation following a felony conviction on or about November 8, 2017.  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.

 

*          Merced Leon-Angulo, age 46, is charged with possession with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine on or about July 16, 2017. 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.

 

 

*          Emilio Lopez Castulo,  age 26, of Omaha, is charged with illegal reentry after deportation on or about October, 26, 2017.  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.

 

*          Jaime Lopez, age 42, is charged with possession with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of a mixture containing methamphetamine on or about November 2, 2017. 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.

 

 

*          Jose Lovato, age 40, of Omaha, is charged with felon in possession of a firearm on or about October 2, 2017.  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.

 

 

*          Luis Madero, age 28, Sandra Navarrete, age 24, and Gerardo Urena-Ruelas, age 27, 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 or more of a mixture containing methamphetamine beginning on or about February 1, 2012 and continuing to on or about October 19, 2017.  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 Madero, Navarrete and Urena-Ruelas with possession with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of a mixture of methamphetamine on or about October 19, 2017.  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.

            The indictment also alleges any and all property constituting or derived from any proceeds obtained directly or indirectly as a result of the violation alleged in the indictment and any property used to commit the offense should be forfeited to the United States.

 

 

*          Octavio Mejia-Perez, age 45, of Omaha, is charged with illegal reentry after deportation on or about October 24, 2017.  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.

 

*          Ruben Mendoza Mendoza, age 23, of Lincoln, is charged with illegal reentry after deportation on or about October 18, 2017.  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.

 

*          Victor Ramirez Lopez, age 38, is charged with illegal reentry after deportation on or about November 1, 2017.  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.

 

*          Marcus Kim Remus age 20, of Omaha, is charged in a six-count Indictment.  Counts I and V of the Indictment charge the defendant with interference with commerce by robbery on or about December 26, 2016 and on or about December 30, 2016.  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 for each count.  Count II of the Indictment charges Remus with discharging a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence on or about December 26, 2016.  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 III of the Indictment charges the defendant with bank robbery on or about December 28, 2016.  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.  Counts IV and VI of the Indictment charge Remus with discharging a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence on or about December 28, 2016 and on or about December 30, 2016.    The maximum possible penalty if convicted is 25 years imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, a 3 year term of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment for each count.

 

*          Carlos Reyes-Alvarado, age 28, of Hastings, is charged with illegal reentry after deportation on or about October 27, 2017.  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.

 

*          Epifanio Solorio-Chavez,  age 40, of Arapahoe, Nebraska, is charged with illegal reentry after deportation following a felony conviction on or about October 10, 2017.  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.

 

*          Carlos Valdez, age 58, 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 50 grams or more of a mixture containing methamphetamine and a mixture containing cocaine between on or about May 1, 2016 , and on or about April 24, 2017. The maximum possible penalty if convicted is 40 years imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, a 4 year term of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment.  Count II of the Indictment charges Valdez with felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition on or about April 24, 2017.  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.

 

 

*          Juan Vargas Ramirez, age 36, is charged with illegal reentry after deportation on or about November 1, 2017.  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.

 

*          Rodney Ward, of Nelson, Nebraska, is charged in a two-count Indictment.  Count I of the Indictment charges the defendant with concealment of assets in bankruptcy on or about October 31, 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.  Count II of the Indictment charges Ward with making a false statement under oath in a bankruptcy case on or about May 13, 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. 

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