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United States of America v. Dina Gonzalez-Marquez and Emilio Gonzalez-Marquez District of New Mexico Federal Courthouse - Albuquerque, New Mexico

Albuquerque, NM - Mexican Nationals Plead Guilty to Trafficking in Counterfeit Goods by Operating Counterfeit Airbag Business in Albuquerque

Two Mexican nationals, illegally present in the United States, entered guilty pleas on May 9, 2018 to operating a counterfeit airbag business out of their residence in Albuquerque, N.M. Dina Gonzalez-Marquez, 24, and Emilio Gonzalez-Marquez, 22, ent... More...
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United States of America v. Brigith Dayanna Gomez United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida - Miami, Florida

Miami, FL - Venezuelan Woman Sentenced to 20 Months in Prison for Extortion Plot

Brigith Dayana Gomez, 29, of Venezuela, was sentenced on May 9, 2018 to 20 months and 15 days in prison, to be followed by 3 years of supervised release, for her participation in an extortion plot. Additionally, United States District Judge Joan A. Lenard ordered Gomez to pay at least $841.20 in restitution, ... More...
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United States of America v. Lonnie Eugene Lillard Western District of Washington Federal Courthouse - Seattle, Washington

Seattle, WA - ‘Incorrigible’ Defendant Responsible for $7.5 Million Bank Fraud Scheme Sentenced to more than 16 Years in Prison

Defendant Finished Last Federal Sentence and Immediately Returned to Fraud Activity on a Bigger Scale

A Seattle man with a lengthy history of bank fraud was sentenced on May 4, 2018 in U.S. District Court in Seattle to 196 months in prison and ... More...
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United States of America v. Douglas Farrar, Sr. Federal Courthouse - Honolulu, Hawaii

Honolulu, HI - Kaneohe Man Found Guilty Of Federal Drug Trafficking Crimes

A federal jury on May 1, 2018 found Douglas Farrar, Sr., 54, of Kaneohe, guilty of four counts of federal drug trafficking crimes for his role as the leader of a local drug distribution organization. The verdict came a few hours after a four-day trial.

Kenji M. Price, U.S. Attorney for the District of Hawa... More...
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United States of America v. Jimmy Myers District of New Mexico Federal Courthouse - Las Cruces, New Mexico

Las Cruces, NM - Texas Man Pleads Guilty to Federal Drug Trafficking Charge in New Mexico

Jimmy Myers, 24, of Lockhart, Texas, pled guilty on May 8, 2018 in federal court in Las Cruces, N.M., to a narcotics trafficking charge arising out of the sale of methamphetamine to an undercover law enforcement agent.

Myers and co-defendants Jesus Sanchez, 31, of Carlsbad, N.M., and Stephan... More...
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United States of America v. Kevin Kyes Northern District of California Federal Courthouse - San Francisco

San Francisco, CA - Former South Bay Resident Convicted Of Defrauding Japanese Investors In Almost $7 Million Ponzi Scheme

Kevin Kyes was convicted of one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud, seventeen counts of wire fraud, one count of conspiracy to commit money laundering, and two counts of money laundering by a federal jury. The jury’s verdict followed a week-long trial before th... More...
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United States of America v. Un Hag Baeg Central District of California Federal Courthouse - Los Angeles, California

Los Angeles, CA - Korean National Sentenced to Nearly 4 Years in Prison for Role in Scheme that Avoided Paying Excise Taxes on Millions of Cigarettes

A Korean national who was living in the United States as an illegal alien was sentenced to 46 months in federal prison for participating in a scheme to defraud the United States by evading millions of dollars in federal excise taxes due on 1... More...
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United States of America v. Sky Justin Gornik Southern District of California Federal Courthouse - San Diego, California

San Diego, CA - Dark Web Vendor Enters Plea, Faces 10 Years for Internet Distribution of Deadly Carfentanil, Fentanyl, and Other Drugs

Sky Justin Gornik, age 39, pleaded guilty to participating in a conspiracy to deliver, distribute and dispense controlled substances through the internet, in violation of Title 21, United States Code, Sections 841(h), 841(b)(1)(A), and 846. Gornik also ... More...
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United States of America v. Michael Patrick Coupe and Jamie Fleming District of Minnesota Federal Courthouse - Minneapolis, Minnesota

Minneapolis, MN - Wisconsin Man Pleads Guilty To Firearms Straw Purchasing Conspiracy

MICHAEL PATRICK COUPE, 27, pleaded guilty for his role in a firearms purchasing conspiracy. COUPE, who was charged on March 22, 2018, along with his co-defendant, JAMIE FLEMING, entered his guilty plea earlier om May 3, 2018 before Judge Donovan Frank in U.S. District Court in St. Paul, Minnesota.
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United States of America v. Bruce Zachary Pugh Southern District of Iowa - Federal Courthouse - Des Moines, Davenport & Council Bluffs

Davenport, IA - Quad Cities Men Found Guilty of Crack Cocaine and Firearms Offenses

On May 3, 2018, following a three-day jury trial, Bruce Zachary Pugh, age 26, Darren Lamont Warren, age 22, and Desharrlequez Malike Vesey, age 23, were each found guilty of conspiracy to distribute crack cocaine, carrying a firearm during and in relation to a drug trafficking crime, and felon in possessio... More...
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After granting a petition for review in this case, the Kansas Supreme Court held that restitution may be ordered against a defendant in a criminal case if the loss to the victim was proximately caused by the crime of conviction. State v. Arnett, 307 Kan. 648, Syl. ¶ 7, 413 P.3d 787 (2018). The court reversed this panel's decision that the State failed to show a sufficient causal connection for res... More...   $0 (05-07-2018 - KS)

Deion Reed v. The State of Texas

On the night of May 15, 2012, the Longview Police Department (LPD) received reports
that shots had just been fired in the Signal Hill apartment complex parking lot. LPD officers
Dennis Phillips and Benny Cooks were dispatched to Signal Hill with instructions to be on the
lookout for an orange Mitsubishi Eclipse, which they soon spotted. While witnesses urged Phillips
to quick... More...
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United States of America v. Joseph S. Hatley Southern District of Illinois Courthouse - East St. Louis, Illinois

East St. Louis, IL - Randolph County Man Sentenced to 16 Years on Methamphetamine Offense

Joseph S. Hatley, 39, of Tilden, Illinois, was sentenced to 16 years in federal prison for conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine on May 3, 2018. Hatley’s federal sentence was ordered to run consecutively to any previously imposed state sentence.

Evidence at the plea and sentencing hearing... More...
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United States of America v. Blake H. Handrick Western District of Wisconsin Federal Courthouse - Madison, Wisconsin

Madison, WI - Eau Claire Man Sentenced to 4 Years for Marijuana Conspiracy

Blake H. Handrick, 41, Eau Claire, Wisconsin, was sentenced on May 3, 2018 by Chief U.S. District Judge James Peterson to four years in federal prison for conspiracy to distribute marijuana. Handrick pleaded guilty to this charge on March 1, 2018.

The government’s investigation into Handrick revealed tha... More...
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There is now an epic crisis of deadly opioid abuse and overuse. In 2016, roughly 11.5 million people in the United States misused prescription opioids. U.S. Dep’t of Health and Human Services, About the U.S. Opioid Epidemic (2018), (last visited March 8, 2018). That same year, 116 people on average died every day from opioid-related drug overdoses. Id. And in 2017, the Acting Secretary of Hea... More...   $0 (05-06-2018 - CA)

United States of America v. Maximino Contreras Eastern District of Tennessee - Federal Courthouse - Knoxville, Tennessee

Knoxville, TN - Maximino Contreras Sentenced to Serve 210 Months in Prison for Shipping Methamphetamine from Arizona to East Tennessee

On April 30, 2018, Maximino Contreras, 47, of Tollison, Arizona, was sentenced by the Honorable Pamela L. Reeves, U.S. District Judge, to serve 210 months in federal prison for his role in a methamphetamine distribution conspiracy.

Contreras plea... More...
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United States of America v. Mark Nunnally Western District of Tennessee Federal Courthouse - Memphis, Tennessee

Memphis, TN - Memphis Man Sentenced to 10 Years Imprisonment for Distribution of Fentanyl

Mark Nunnally, 51, of Memphis was sentenced to 120 months in federal prison for distribution of fentanyl.

According to information presented in court, on May 18, 2017, members of the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office executed a search warrant at the defendant’s residence after receiving inform... More...
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United States of America v. Isaac Basilio Rosas Federal Courthouses - Eastern District of Kentucky - Lexington, Kentucky

Lexington, KY - First Defendant Sentenced to 9 Years in Prison Following Drug Bust on Private Plane

Isaac Basilio Rosas, 33, of Los Angeles, was sentenced to 9 years in federal prison, by Chief United States District Judge Karen K. Caldwell, for conspiracy to transport at least five kilograms of cocaine.

Basilio previously admitted that, on April 21, 2017, he and three other pass... More...
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UNITED STATES OF AMERICA ‐ against ‐    JAMAAL BROOKS, also known as Marley

A. Original Offense 

On June 3, 2013, Brooks pleaded guilty to distributing and 
possessing with intent to distribute cocaine and heroin in violation of 21 U.S.C. 
§§ 812, 841(a)(1), and 18 U.S.C. § 2, a Class C felony.  Brooks faced a statutory 
maximum of 20 yearsʹ imprisonment and a mandatory minimum of three yearsʹ 
supervised release.  21 U.S.C. § 841(b)(1)(... More...
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When a defendant enters into a plea agreement with the Government, the defendant may agree to waive the right to appeal the sentence. At the defendant’s subsequent plea hearing, the district court must ensure that the defendant understands that appeal waiver. In particular, Rule 11(b)(1)(N) of the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure requires the district court, at the plea hearing, to “determin... More...   $0 (05-05-2018 - DC)


The defendant, Donald Raynor, appeals from the judgment of conviction, rendered following a jury trial, of murder in violation of General Statutes § 53a-54a (a). On appeal, the defendant claims that the trial court (1) improperly denied the defendant’s motion in limine to exclude or limit the scope of the testimony of the state’s expert witness on firearm and toolmark identification, and (2) abuse... More...   $0 (05-05-2018 - CT)


The facts of this tragic case, which arises out of events that transpired more than forty years ago, are set forth in considerable detail in the habeas court’s memorandum of decision and in this court’s decision on the petitioner’s direct appeal.2 See State v. Skakel, supra, 276 Conn. 640–53. For present purposes, we focus our attention on those facts and procedural history that are most relevant ... More...   $0 (05-05-2018 - FL)

United States of America v. Ibrahim Alu and George Ismail Western District of Texas Federal Courthouse - Austin, Texas

Austin, TX - Two Foreign Nationals Sentenced to Federal Prison for Role in Austin-Based Multi-Million Dollar S.I.R.F. Scheme

A federal judge, on April 27, 2018, sentenced two foreign nationals formerly living in Austin to federal prison in connection with a multi-million dollar Austin-based Stolen Identity Refund Fraud (SIRF) scheme.

United States District Judge Lee Yeakel senten... More...
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United States of America v. Bobby Dwayne Fillmore Western District of Texas Federal Courthouse - San Antonio, Texas

Bobby Dwayne Fillmore pled guilty to conspiracy to maintain a chop shop in the Dallas, Texas, area. The district court issued a within-Guidelines sentence of 51 months based partly on a two-level enhancement for being “in the business” of receiving and selling stolen property. We conclude Fillmore was not “in the business,” and thus we VACATE in part and REMAND for re-sentencing. As to other rulin... More...   $0 (05-05-2018 - TX)

United States of America v. Jermaine Webster Harris Eastern District of Texas Federal Courthouse - Plano, Texas

Plano, TX - Lewisville Man Sentenced to 62 years in Federal Prison for Home Invasions/Carjackings

PLANO, Texas – A 27-year-old Lewisville, Texas man has been sentenced to 62 years in federal prison for violent crimes in the Eastern District of Texas, announced U.S. Attorney Joseph D. Brown today.

­­­­­ Jermaine Webster Harris was found guilty by a jury on May 25, 2017, of multipl... More...
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