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Week in Review—Hammond

U.S. Attorney’s Office May 09, 2014
  • Northern District of Indiana (219) 937-5500

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

Pleas:

  • Jeremy Lloyd, 22, of Gary, Indiana, pled guilty before Senior District Judge James Moody to the felony offense of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. This charge was filed as a result of an investigation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives HIDTA Task Force; the Gary Police Department; and the Indiana State Police. This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Nicholas Padilla.
  • Tambra Ducker, 25, of Indianapolis, Indiana, pled guilty before Senior District Judge James Moody to the felony offense of possession with the intent to distribute heroin. This charge was filed as a result of an investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Jasper County Sheriff’s Department. This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Dean Lanter and Jennifer Chang-Adiga.
  • Kiontay Pennington, 35, of Gary, Indiana, pled guilty before Chief Judge Philip Simon to the felony offense of homicide in the aid of racketeering activity. Sentencing has been set for September 2, 2014. This charge was filed as a result of an investigation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys David Nozick and Thomas McGrath.
  • James Huddleston, 41, of Wheatfield, Indiana, pled guilty before District Judge Joseph Van Bokkelen to the felony offense of theft concerning programs receiving federal funds. This charge was filed as a result of an investigation by Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Internal Revenue Service. This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Dean Lanter and Gary Bell.
  • Jennifer Kurek, 40, of Hobart, Indiana, pled guilty before District Judge Joseph Van Bokkelen to the felony offense of theft of government property. Sentencing has been set for July 17, 2014. This charge was filed as a result of an investigation by the Social Security Administration. This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Gary Bell.

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.

Disposition:

Alejandro Murillo, 27, of Chicago, Illinois, was sentenced by Chief Judge Philip Simon to 57 months’ imprisonment and three years of supervised release after pleading guilty to the felony offense of possession with the intent to distribute methamphetamine. According to documents filed in this case, Murillo was arrested on Interstate 65 near Demotte, Indiana, while driving a vehicle containing 1,498 gross grams of methamphetamine, which he had hidden near the motor of the vehicle. Immigration law enforcement officials determined that Murillo is an illegal alien. This case was a result of an investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration HIDTA Task Force. This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Dean Lanter.