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Week in Review—Fort Wayne

U.S. Attorney’s Office April 25, 2014
  • Northern District of Indiana (219) 937-5500

FORT WAYNE, IN—The United States Attorney’s Office announced the following activity in federal court:

Pleas before U.S. Magistrate Judge Roger Cosbey:

  • Augustine Luna, 26, of Fort Wayne, Indiana, pled guilty to the felony offense of knowingly conspiring to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute five kilograms or more of cocaine. The magistrate is recommending that the district court accept the tendered guilty plea. Parties have 14 days in which to object to the magistrate judge’s recommendation. This charge was filed as a result of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives. Sentencing has not been set. This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Anthony Geller.
  • Nathan Hasty, 36, of Huntington, Indiana, pled guilty to the felony offense of sexual exploitation of children. The magistrate is recommending that the district court accept the tendered guilty plea. Parties have 14 days in which to object to the magistrate judge’s recommendation. This charge was filed as a result of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Sentencing has not been set. This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Lesley Miller-Lowery.
  • Edward Williams, 32, of Fort Wayne, Indiana, pled guilty to the felony offense of being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm. The magistrate is recommending that the district court accept the tendered guilty plea. Parties have 14 days in which to object to the magistrate judge’s recommendation. This charge was filed as a result of an investigation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives. Sentencing has not been set. 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 before United States District Judge Theresa L. Springmann:

  • Ryan Lasuer, 27, of Warsaw, Indiana, who has been detained since his arrest in 2011, was sentenced to time served and two years of supervised release after pleading guilty to the felony offense of conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance and with being a felon in possession of a firearm. According to documents filed in this case, Lasuer maintained a drug relationship with Jonathan Aramburo and obtained marijuana from Aramburo for distribution. Lasuer recruited Whitney Sparkman to transport marijuana. This case was the result of an investigation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives; the Kosciusko County Drug Task Force; and the Whitley County Sheriff’s Department. This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Anthony Geller.
  • Christine Hagan, 33, of Fort Wayne, Indiana, was sentenced to two years of probation after pleading guilty to the felony offense of conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance. According to documents filed in this case, Hagan was involved in the transport of marijuana for Jonathan Aramburo. This case was the result of an investigation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives; the Kosciusko County Drug Task Force; and the Whitley County Sheriff’s Department. This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Anthony Geller.