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Week in Review—South Bend

U.S. Attorney’s Office April 19, 2013
  • Northern District of Indiana (219) 937-5500

SOUTH BEND, IN—The United States Attorney’s Office announced the following activity in Federal Court:

Pleas:

  • Kristopher Brooks, 39, of Elkhart, Indiana, pled guilty before District Judge Robert Miller, Jr. to the felony offense of failure to register as a sex offender. Sentencing has been set for July 24, 2013. This charge was filed as a result of an investigation by the United States Marshals Service. This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney John Maciejczyk.
  • Clinton Vortice, 32, of South Bend, Indiana, pled guilty before Magistrate Judge Christopher Nuechterlein to the felony offense of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Magistrate Nuechterlein is recommending that the district court accept the tendered guilty plea. Parties have 10 days in which to object to the magistrate judge’s recommendation. Sentencing has been set for July 27, 13. This charge was filed as a result of an investigation by Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives. This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Donald Schmid.
  • Kori Ann Donovan, 44, of Plymouth, Indiana, pled guilty before Magistrate Judge Christopher Nuechterlein to the felony offenses of health care fraud and fraud with identification documents. Magistrate Nuechterlein is recommending that the district court accept the tendered guilty plea. Parties have 10 days in which to object to the magistrate judge’s recommendation. Sentencing has been set for July 15, 2013. These charges were filed as a result of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Indiana Medicaid Fraud Control Unit. This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Donald Schmid.
  • Kenneth McCreary, Jr., 26, of South Bend, Indiana, pled guilty before Magistrate Judge Roger Cosbey to the felony offense of theft of stolen mail matter. Magistrate Cosbey is recommending that the district court accept the tendered guilty plea. Parties have 10 days in which to object to the magistrate judge’s recommendation. This charge was filed as a result of an investigation by the United States Postal Service-Office of the Inspector General. This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Lesley Miller Lowery.

If convicted in court, any specific sentence to be imposed will be determined by the judge after a consideration of federal sentencing statutes and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines.

Dispositions:

  • Tommy Webster, 33, of South Bend, Indiana, was sentenced by District Judge Robert Miller, Jr. to 168 months’ imprisonment and three years of supervised release after being found guilty at trial of the felony offenses of possession with the intent to distribute cocaine, possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, manufacture of marijuana, possession with the intent to distribute cocaine base, and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. According to documents filed by the government in this case, an investigation by law enforcement found cocaine (powder and cocaine base) individually wrapped for distribution; a substance used for cutting cocaine; loose marijuana; six dozen growing marijuana plants; and drug paraphernalia, such as scales and baggies. Webster also had electronic security consisting of police scanners and a video system with monitors and carefully placed cameras; a loaded shotgun, a sawed-off shotgun, and a bullet proof vest. Webster has a prior felony conviction for armed drug dealing and several misdemeanor convictions. 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 Frank Schaffer.
  • Hayle Doty, 24, of Milford, Indiana, was sentenced by District Judge Jon DeGuilio to 30 months’ imprisonment and four years of supervised release after pleading guilty to the felony offense of conspiracy to distribute marijuana. According to documents filed by the government in this case, Doty participated in a sophisticated drug conspiracy involving marijuana in a range of 100-400 kilograms that had several players, spanned several years, and generated large cash profits. During the search of the residence firearms, cash and drugs were located. This case was the result of an investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration. The Laporte County Prosecutor’s Offices, the Laporte County Drug Unit, and the ICE Unit for Elkhart County also participated. This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney William Grimmer.
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