U.S. Attorney's Office
Northern District of Indiana
(219) 937-5500
February 20, 2015

Week in Review—Fort Wayne

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

PLEAS

  • Michael Tressler, 40, of Corunna, Indiana pled guilty to the felony offense of sexual exploitation of children. 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 DeKalb County Sheriff’s Department. Sentencing has not been set. This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Lesley Miller Lowery.
  • Victor Boyer, 23, of Fort Wayne, Indiana pled guilty to the felony offenses of armed bank robbery and use, carry, brandish and discharge of a firearm during and relation to a crime of violence. 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, Northeast Indiana Federal Bank Robbery Task Force, Allen County Sheriff’s Department and the Fort Wayne Police Department. 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

  • Maritza Castaneda, 33, of Colton, California was sentenced to 70 months’ imprisonment with one year supervised release after pleading guilty to the felony offenses of conspiracy to distribute and possession with 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, in Allen County, Indiana, in the Northern District of Indiana, and elsewhere, Castaneda did knowingly and intentionally conspire, combine, confederate, and agree to distribute and possess with the 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.
  • Jarvis Buchanan, 25, of Fort Wayne, Indiana was sentenced to 121months’ imprisonment with two years’ supervised release after pleading guilty to the felony offenses of conspiracy to distribute and possession with intent to distribute cocaine and cocaine base, commonly known as crack. According to documents filed in this case, from on or about February 10, 2010, and continuing to on or about January 29, 2011, in Allen County, Indiana, in the Northern District of Indiana, and elsewhere, Buchanan did knowingly and intentionally conspire, combine, confederate, and agree to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute 500 grams or more of cocaine and 28 grams or more of cocaine base, commonly known as “crack”. 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.
  • Florencio Deluna, 33, of Fort Wayne, Indiana was sentenced to 87 months’ imprisonment with no term of supervised release after pleading guilty to the felony offenses of conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute a controlled substance. According to documents filed in this case, from on or about November 8, 2010, and continuing to on or about April 13, 2011, in Allen County, Indiana, in the Northern District of Indiana, and elsewhere, Deluna did knowingly and intentionally conspire, combine, confederate, and agree with others to distribute and possess with the 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.
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