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Matthew L. Richardson Sentenced For Possessing Firearms
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Matthew L. Richardson Sentenced For Possessing Firearms

Alton Man, Matthew L. Richardson Sentenced To 7 Years In Prison For Illegally Possessing Firearms (STL.News) Matthew L. Richardson, 32, of Alton, Illinois, has been sentenced to 87 months in federal prison for two counts of being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm.  Richardson pleaded guilty to the charges in August 2020.  His prison sentence will be followed by three years of supervised release. In November 2019, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives (ATF) received information that Richardson was selling methamphetamine and firearms.  On Nov. 8, 2019, a confidential informant purchased a shotgun and methamphetamine from Richardson.  The transaction was captured on camera, and Richardson could be seen on the video sawing and filing the barrel of the ...
Lexington: Natalie Michelle Quarles Sentenced For Multiple Charges
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Lexington: Natalie Michelle Quarles Sentenced For Multiple Charges

Lexington Woman, Natalie Michelle Quarles Sentenced to Nine Years in Federal Prison on Firearm and Methamphetamine Charges Columbia, S.C (STL.News) United States Attorney Peter M. McCoy, Jr. announced today that Natalie Michelle Quarles, 45, of Lexington, was sentenced to nine years in federal prison after pleading guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition and possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine.  The charges followed a traffic stop in which Quarles possessed a loaded firearm; approximately $1,400.00 in cash; marijuana, oxycodone and acetaminophen pills; hydrocodone and acetaminophen pills; amphetamine pills; and methamphetamine. Evidence presented in court established that on July 3, 2018, a deputy with the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department...
Statement On Federal Law Enforcement’s Safety And Security Efforts
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Statement On Federal Law Enforcement’s Safety And Security Efforts

Statement On Federal Law Enforcement’s Safety And Security Efforts (STL.News) The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Minnesota and its federal law enforcement partners, including the FBI, ATF, U.S. Marshals and Homeland Security Investigations, will devote all our resources to protect public safety throughout the State of Minnesota in the coming days.  Federal law enforcement is leaning forward to both respond to threats of violence and acts of violence and to assist state and local law enforcement to ensure public safety in our communities. We are leveraging additional resources, including an FBI-led 24-hour command post to facilitate information and intelligence sharing across the law enforcement spectrum, in order to achieve this shared goal.  In accordance with our public s...
Bristol: Michael Houser Sentenced for Illegal Possession of Machinegun
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Bristol: Michael Houser Sentenced for Illegal Possession of Machinegun

Bristol Man, Michael Houser Sentenced for Illegal Possession of Machinegun, Silencer AGBINGDON, VA (STL.News) Michael Houser, a Bristol, Virginia man who was convicted of federal gun offenses occurring in both the Western District of Virginia and Western District of North Carolina, was sentenced yesterday in U.S. District Court in Abingdon to 30 months in prison, Acting United States Attorney Daniel P. Bubar of the Western District of Virginia, United States Attorney Andrew R. Murray of the Western District of North Carolina, and Ashan M. Benedict, Special Agent in Charge of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) Washington Field Division made the announcement today. Houser, 48, pleaded guilty in October 2020 to two counts of an indictment filed in the Western D...
Investigation of drug trafficking conspiracy indicts 48 defendants
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Investigation of drug trafficking conspiracy indicts 48 defendants

Investigation of drug trafficking conspiracy indicts 48 defendants, including three prison guards Operation targeted violent gang members in Coffee County area WAYCROSS, GA (STL.News) Nearly 50 people have been indicted in a drug trafficking investigation that targeted violent gang members distributing methamphetamine and other drugs in the Coffee County area. Dubbed Operation Sandy Bottom, the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force investigation centered in the Sand Ridge neighborhood on the east side of Douglas, Ga., in an area known as “the bottoms,” said Bobby L. Christine, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Georgia.  The 57-count indictment alleges that the conspiracy, controlled by a subset of the violent Gangster Disciples street gang, used guns, violence and fear ...
Denver: Alexander Uhey-Medina Sentenced For Possession Of Firearm
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Denver: Alexander Uhey-Medina Sentenced For Possession Of Firearm

Denver Man, Alexander Uhey-Medina Sentenced To Five Years In Federal Prison For Possession Of Firearm While Drug Trafficking (STL.News) United States Attorney Jason R. Dunn announced that Alexander Uhey-Medina, 32, of Denver, Colorado, was sentenced to five years (60 months) in federal prison for possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.  The sentence will be followed by three years of supervised release. According to facts contained in the plea agreement, on May 26, 2020, Denver police officers were attempting to locate Uhey-Medina for outstanding warrants.  They located Uhey-Medina and followed him to a motel in Aurora, where he was taken into custody.  Uhey-Medina stated that he had a weapon inside of the backpack he was carrying.  An officer searched the b...
Career criminals sentenced for trafficking fentanyl-laced heroin
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Career criminals sentenced for trafficking fentanyl-laced heroin

Career criminals sentenced for trafficking fentanyl-laced heroin between Florida and Atlanta ATLANTA (STL.News) William Brown, Ronald Williams, and McLane Ricardo Haddocks III have been sentenced for trafficking and conspiring to trafficking fentanyl and heroin.  The three were long-time Florida drug dealers, and both Brown and Williams had been released from prison only a few months before resuming their criminal conduct in Atlanta, Georgia. “Synthetic opioids such as fentanyl killed tens of thousands of Americans, destroyed countless families, and devastated communities throughout our nation in 2020,” said Acting U.S. Attorney Bobby L. Christine.  “The outstanding efforts of the federal law enforcement officers and prosecutors in this district ensures that lifelong criminals like the...
Pennsylvania: Jason Gusoff Sentenced for Multiple Crimes
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Pennsylvania: Jason Gusoff Sentenced for Multiple Crimes

Pennsylvania Man, Jason Gusoff Sentenced for Conspiracy to Commit Arson and Defraud Insurance Company of More than $100,000 PHILADELPHIA (STL.News) First Assistant United States Attorney Jennifer Arbittier Williams announced today that Jason Gusoff, 45 years old, of Richboro, PA was sentenced today by United States District Court Judge C. Darnell Jones, II, to 60 months in prison followed by three years of supervised release, and ordered to pay $105,486 in restitution for conspiring to destroy his business by arson in order to collect insurance proceeds. In 2008, Gusoff enlisted a co-conspirator to set fire to Gusoff’s business, California Tanning Salon, located on Roosevelt Boulevard in Philadelphia.  Once the damage was caused, Gusoff submitted requests for payment to the business’ i...
Columbus: Desjuan R. Lee Harris pleads guilty to armed robberies
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Columbus: Desjuan R. Lee Harris pleads guilty to armed robberies

Columbus man, Desjuan R. Lee Harris pleads guilty to armed robberies at local Internet cafés COLUMBUS, OH (STL.News) A Columbus man has agreed to plead guilty in a case involving the murder of a husband and wife in a local Internet café. Desjuan R. Lee Harris, 25, offered his guilty plea in U.S. District Court today to two counts of robbery and two counts of brandishing a firearm during a crime of violence. Harris and others were indicted by a federal grand jury in July 2019 for crimes related to a string of robberies of Internet gaming businesses, including one robbery at Players Paradise on East Broad Street that resulted in murder on Jan. 20, 2019. Chris A. King, 25, is charged with three counts of murder (including the murder of a witness), and Dezhan Townsend, 21, and Justic...
Mexico: Joel Gonzalez-Gomez Sentenced for Multiple Offenses
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Mexico: Joel Gonzalez-Gomez Sentenced for Multiple Offenses

Mexican National, Joel Gonzalez-Gomez Sentenced to More than 11 Years in Federal Prison for Methamphetamine and Immigration Offenses CHARLESTON, W.V (STL.News) United States Attorney Mike Stuart announced today that Joel Gonzalez-Gomez, 31, of Chipas, Mexico, was sentenced to 135 months in federal prison for conspiracy to distribute more than 50 grams of methamphetamine and illegal reentry of a removed alien. “Five prior removals.  More than a kilo of meth. 12 grams of fentanyl. 28 grams of cocaine. 3 guns,” said United States Attorney Mike Stuart. “Gonzalez-Gomez had come into our country illegally and continued to break our laws by peddling poison.  He will now have more than 11 years in federal prison to think about the error of his ways.” In July 2019, drug task force investigat...
Philadelphia: Matthew Stephens Sentenced for Multiple Crimes
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Philadelphia: Matthew Stephens Sentenced for Multiple Crimes

Philadelphia Man, Matthew Stephens Sentenced to 12 1/2 Years for Trafficking Methamphetamine and Weapons, Including 'Ghost Guns,' Near Schools PHILADELPHIA (STL.News) First Assistant United States Attorney Jennifer Arbittier Williams announced that Matthew Stephens, 52, of Philadelphia, PA, was sentenced to 151 months in prison and ten years of supervised release by United States District Judge Harvey Bartle III for his role in a scheme to traffic pounds of methamphetamine, several dozen firearms, machine gun conversion devices, and hundreds of rounds of ammunition between 2017 and 2019. The defendant pleaded guilty in November 2019 to seven counts of drug trafficking and firearms charges, and then pleaded guilty again in August 2020 to nine additional firearms offenses charged in two ...
Charlie Peeler Announces Resignation As U.S. Attorney For The Middle District
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Charlie Peeler Announces Resignation As U.S. Attorney For The Middle District

Charlie Peeler Announces Resignation As U.S. Attorney For The Middle District During U.S. Attorney Peeler’s tenure, the Office grew to its highest number of AUSAs and prosecuted more criminal defendants in the District’s history MACON, GA (STL.News) Charlie Peeler, the U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Georgia, is resigning as U.S. Attorney effective 11:59 p.m., December 11, 2020.  Following his resignation, he plans on reentering private practice with a law firm in Atlanta, Georgia. “Serving as the United States Attorney for the Middle District of Georgia has been the most rewarding experience of my professional career.  I thank the President for the trust he placed in me, and I thank Attorney General Barr and former Attorney General Sessions for their leadership and support. ...
YouTube Video Leads to Prison Sentence for Convicted Felon
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YouTube Video Leads to Prison Sentence for Convicted Felon

YouTube Video Leads to Prison Sentence for Convicted Felon ALEXANDRIA, VA (STL.News) A previously convicted felon was sentenced today to 18 months in prison and three years of supervised release after he appeared in a video posted to YouTube while in possession of a firearm. According to court documents, Najee Lewis, 23, of Stafford, unlawfully possessed a stolen 9mm Ruger pistol while appearing in a music video.  At the time, Lewis knew he was a convicted felon and was prohibited from possessing the firearm. Lewis previously was convicted in Prince William Circuit Court of two separate felony robbery offenses that had occurred two days apart.  He was subsequently sentenced at the same time for both offenses.  In May 2018, Lewis was released from incarceration for these robbery conv...
Antonio Marshall Sentenced for Cocaine Trafficking, Firearm Charges
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Antonio Marshall Sentenced for Cocaine Trafficking, Firearm Charges

(STL.News) United States Attorney Ron Parsons announced that a Spring Creek, South Dakota, man convicted of Conspiracy to Distribute a Controlled Substance and Possession of a Firearm by a Prohibited Person was sentenced on November 5, 2020, by Chief Judge Roberto A. Lange, U.S. District Court. Antonio Marshall, age 22, was sentenced to 15 months in federal prison on each count to run concurrently, three years of supervised release, a $1,000 fine, a special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund in the amount of $200, and forfeiture of three firearms and ammunition. Marshall was indicted by a federal grand jury on March 9, 2020.  He pled guilty on August 17, 2020. The conviction stemmed from a conspiracy that began in January 2017, continuing until March 2018, wherein Marshall con...
Kansas MO: Operation Legend To Assist Federal Resources
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Kansas MO: Operation Legend To Assist Federal Resources

OPERATION LEGEND BRINGS FEDERAL RESOURCES TO ASSIST WITH VIOLENT CRIME INVESTIGATIONS Kansas City, MO (STL.News) Operation LeGend will bring many federal law enforcement resources to help KCPD investigate violent crimes and bring them to prosecution. U.S. Attorney General William Barr announced Operation LeGend on July 8. Named after 4-year-old LeGend Taliferro, who was murdered June 29 while he slept in an apartment near 63rd and Paseo, Operation LeGend is a “sustained, systematic and coordinated law enforcement initiative across all federal law enforcement agencies working in conjunction with state and local law enforcement officials to fight the sudden surge of violent crime, beginning in Kansas City, MO.” Federal agents soon will be coming to Kansas City from the FBI, U.S. Marshal Se...
Clovis, NM Man, Daniel Jimenez Sentenced to 3 Years in Federal Prison
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Clovis, NM Man, Daniel Jimenez Sentenced to 3 Years in Federal Prison

Man from Clovis, New Mexico, Daniel Jimenez Sentenced to 3 Years in Federal Prison for Selling Sawed-Off Shotgun to Undercover Police Officer ALBUQUERQUE, NM (STL.News) Daniel Jimenez, 32, of Clovis, New Mexico, was sentenced in federal court in Albuquerque on May 6 to three years in prison for possession of a firearm by a prohibited person and possession of a firearm not registered in the National Firearms Registration and Transfer Record. Jimenez pleaded guilty to these offenses on Jan. 31. According to public court records, Jimenez committed these offenses on Jan. 17, 2018, by possessing and selling a sawed-off shotgun to an undercover police officer posing as a customer in a transaction arranged over Facebook.  Jimenez violated federal law by possessing the sawed-off shotgun, which ha...
Rapid City Man, Jerry Gorisek, Charged with Possession with Intent to Distribute Methamphetamine and Unlawful Possession of a Firearm
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Rapid City Man, Jerry Gorisek, Charged with Possession with Intent to Distribute Methamphetamine and Unlawful Possession of a Firearm

ST PAUL, MN (STL.News) United States Attorney Ron Parsons announced that a Rapid City, South Dakota, man was charged in federal district court with Possession with Intent to Distribute a Controlled Substance and Possession of a Firearm by a Prohibited Person. Jerry Gorisek, age 48, was charged on September 10, 2019. Gorisek appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Daneta Wollmann on November 1, 2019, and pleaded not guilty to the charge.  The penalty upon conviction is a minimum of 5 years up to 40 years’ in federal prison and/or a $5,000,000 fine, at least 4 years up to life supervised release, and $100 to the Federal Crime Victims Fund. Restitution may also be ordered. The charge relates to Gorisek, possessing with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of a mixture or substance containing...
Gabriel Newman of Dayton Sentenced to 7 Years for Possessing Gun as Convicted Felon, Violating Federal Supervised Release
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Gabriel Newman of Dayton Sentenced to 7 Years for Possessing Gun as Convicted Felon, Violating Federal Supervised Release

Dayton (STL.News) – Gabriel Newman, 36, of Dayton was sentenced in U.S. District Court to 84 months in prison for possessing an AR-15 assault-style rifle at a home where he was dealing illegal drugs. Benjamin C. Glassman, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio, Jonathan McPherson, Special Agent in Charge, U.S.  Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), and Dayton Police Chief Richard Biehl announced the sentence handed down by U.S. District Judge Walter H. Rice. Newman was also ordered to forfeit a handgun, ammunition and a high-capacity magazine for the AR-15 found during the search. According to court documents, Newman was on federal supervised release in early 2018 for a prior federal conviction of drug trafficking when agents found the firearm as w...