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Activity in Federal Court – Hammond

U.S. Attorney’s Office November 22, 2010
  • Northern District of Indiana (219) 937-5500

HAMMOND, IN—The United States Attorney's Office announced the following activity in federal court:

David R. Duffala, 30, of the 500 block of W. South St., Hebron, Indiana, was sentenced by Senior Judge James Moody to 63 months’ imprisonment and one year of supervised release after pleading guilty to counts one and two of an indictment charging him with use of a communication facility (telephone) to facilitate the commission of a felony, namely; conspiracy to manufacture and distribute methamphetamine, and possession of pseudoephedrine with the intent to manufacture methamphetamine . This case was the result of an investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration. This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney David Nozick.

Nichelle Benford, 29, of Chicago, Illinois , was sentenced by to 37 months’ imprisonment and three years of supervised release after pleading guilty to counts one through five of an indictment charging her with making false declarations before a grand jury/court, and obstruction of justice. This case was the result of an investigation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives. This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Gary Bell.

Erick Ford, 36, of Chicago, Illinois , was sentenced by Chief Judge Philip Simon to 12 months and one day imprisonment and three years of supervised release after pleading guilty to count one of an indictment charging him with distribution of crack cocaine. This case was the result of an investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration. This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Joshua Kolar.

Dennis Richards, 26, of Chicago, Illinois, pled guilty before Senior Judge Rudy Lozano to count one of an indictment charging him with kidnapping and aiding and abetting. These charges were filed as the result of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the Chicago Police Department. This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney David Nozick.

Michael Bennett, 26, of Evanston, Illinois, pled guilty before Senior Judge Rudy Lozano to count one of an indictment charging him with kidnapping and aiding and abetting. These charges were filed as the result of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the Chicago Police Department. This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Nozick.

The specific sentence in each case to be imposed upon conviction will be determined by the judge after a consideration of federal sentencing statutes and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines.

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