U.S. Attorney's Office
Northern District of Indiana
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February 13, 2015

Week in Review—Fort Wayne

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

PLEAS

  • Jodeci Rowland-Smith, 21, of Fort Wayne, Indiana, Indiana pled guilty to the felony offense of being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm. The magistrate judge 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 Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the Fort Wayne Police Department. Sentencing has not been set. This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Nathaniel C. Henson.

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

  • Alejandro Montoya, 46, of San Bernadino, California was sentenced to 70 months’ imprisonment with two years’ supervised release, and forfeiture of $79,705 U.S. currency after pleading guilty to the felony offense of conspiracy to distribute and possession with the intent to distribute cocaine. According to documents filed in this case, from on or about November 8, 2010, and continuing to on or about April 13, 2011, defendant conspired to distribute and possess with intent to distribute 5 kilograms or more of cocaine. This case was the result of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Fort Wayne Safe Streets Task Force, Indiana State Police, Fort Wayne Police Department, Allen County Police Department, Allen County Drug Task Force, and the New Haven Police Department. This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Anthony W. Geller.
  • Stefanie Redfern, 26, of Fort Wayne, Indiana was sentenced to one year probation after pleading guilty to the felony offense of maintaining a drug-involved premise. According to documents filed in this case, from on or about May 2011, and continuing to on or about August 2011, Redfern, knowingly and intentionally profited from and otherwise made available for use, with and without compensation, an apartment for the purpose of unlawfully storing and distributing LSD and MDMA. This case was the result of an investigation by the Department of Homeland Security, United States Postal Inspection Service, Drug Enforcement Administration, Fort Wayne Police Department, Indiana State Police and the Allen County Police Department. This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Tina L. Nommay.
  • Henry Purifoy, 24, of Fort Wayne, Indiana was sentenced to 57 months’ imprisonment with one year supervised release after pleading guilty to the felony offense of being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm. According to documents filed in this case, on or about February 23, 2014, Purifoy, a previously convicted felon, knowingly possessed a firearm. This case was the result of an investigation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Fort Wayne Police Department. This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Lovita Morris King.
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