Grand Jury – October 2020 | USAO-NE

United States Attorney Joe Kelly announced the federal Grand Jury for the District of Nebraska has returned 14 unsealed Indictments charging 14 defendants. Indictments are charging documents that contain one or more individual counts that are merely accusations, and every defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

*          Victor Avitia Esparza, age 35, is charged with illegal reentry after deportation on or about October 1, 2020, following an aggravated felony conviction.  The maximum possible penalty if convicted is 20 years’ imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, a 3-year term of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment. 

*          John Allen Belot, age 26, is charged in a two-count Indictment.  Count I charges the defendant with possession with intent to distribute 5 grams or more of methamphetamine (actual) on February 17, 2020.  The maximum possible penalty if convicted is 40 years’ imprisonment, $5,000,000 fine, four-year term of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment.  Count II charges the defendant with use of a firearm during and in relation to and knowingly possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime on or about February 17, 2020. The maximum possible penalty if convicted is life imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, a three-year term of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment.         

*          Cardell Conner, age 20, of Omaha, is charged with a felon in possession of a firearm on or about July 23, 2020. The maximum possible penalty if convicted is 10 years’ imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, a three-year term of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment. 

*          Lucio Cruz-Guerrero, a/k/a Joaquin Guerrero Navarrete, age 38, is charged in a two-count Indictment.  Count I charges the defendant with possession with intent to distribute 500 grams of methamphetamine (mixture) on October 4, 2020.  The maximum possible penalty if convicted is life imprisonment, $10,000,000 fine, five-year term of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment.  Count II charges the defendant with conspiracy to distribute and possession with intent to deliver 500 grams or more of methamphetamine on or about March 6, 2020, and continuing to on or about October 4, 2020.  The maximum possible penalty if convicted is life imprisonment, $10,000,000 fine, five-year term of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment. 

*          Miguel Alcangel Fonseca Maradiaga, age 32, is charged with illegal reentry after deportation on or about October 8, 2020.  The maximum possible penalty if convicted is 2 years’ imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, a one-year term of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment.

*          Aaron Garcia Patlan, age 30, is charged with illegal reentry after deportation on or about October 7, 2020.  The maximum possible penalty if convicted is 2 years’ imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, a one-year term of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment.

*          Miguel Angel Loeza Vinalay, age 39, is charged with illegal reentry after deportation on or about September 21, 2020.  The maximum possible penalty if convicted is 2 years’ imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, a one-year term of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment.

*          Codie D. Maleskar, age 45, of Hastings, is charged in a five-count Indictment.  Counts I – III charge the defendant with mail fraud beginning on or about November 2016 and continuing through February 10, 2017.  The maximum possible penalty if convicted is 20 years’ imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, 3-year term of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment for each count.  Counts IV – V charges the defendant with wire fraud, beginning on or about August 4, 2016, and continuing to on or about April 9, 2016.  The maximum possible penalty if convicted is 20 years’ imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, a 3-year term of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment for each count. 

*          Jose Ivan Marino-Meza, a/k/a Antonio Moreno Ramirez, age 24, is charged in a two-count Indictment.  Count I charges the defendant with possession with intent to distribute 500 grams of methamphetamine (mixture) on October 4, 2020.  The maximum possible penalty if convicted is life imprisonment, $10,000,000 fine, five-year term of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment.  Count II charges the defendant with conspiracy to distribute and possession with intent to deliver 500 grams or more of methamphetamine (mixture) on or about March 6, 2020, and continuing to on or about October 4, 2020.  The maximum possible penalty if convicted is life imprisonment, $10,000,000 fine, five-year term of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment. 

*          Jeffrey Thomas Ostdiek, age 54, is charged in a two-count Indictment.  Count I charges the defendant with false personation of an officer or employee of the United States beginning on or about September 14, 2020 and continuing through September 25, 2020.  The maximum possible penalty if convicted is 3 years’ imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, one-year term of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment.  Count II charges the defendant with false personation of an officer or employee of the United States beginning on or about October 4, 2016 and continuing through January 30, 2017.  The maximum possible penalty if convicted is 3 years’ imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, one-year term of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment.

*          Robert Earl Partee, II, age 27, of Lincoln, Nebraska, is charged with conspiracy to distribute 500 grams of methamphetamine (mixture) on June 1, 2018, and continuing to on or about November 30, 2019.  The maximum possible penalty if convicted is life imprisonment, $10,000,000 fine, five-year term of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment. 

*          Amitkumar Patel, age 41, of Council Bluffs, Iowa, is charged in a two-count Indictment.  Count I charges the defendant with attempted coercion and enticement of a minor on September 4, 2020 through on or about September 8, 2020.  The maximum possible penalty if convicted is life imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, life term of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment and $5,000 additional SA.  Count II charges the defendant with travel with intent to engage in illicit sexual conduct on September 8, 2020.  The maximum possible penalty if convicted is 30 years’ imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, life term of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment and $5,000 additional SA.

*          Jonathan Daniel Rooney, age 26, of Winnebago Indian Reservation, is charged in a two-count Second Superseding Indictment.  Count I charges the defendant with second degree murder on May 16, 2020. Rooney was charged with manslaughter in the previous Indictment.  The maximum possible penalty if convicted is life imprisonment, five-year term of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment.  Count II charges the defendant with tampering with documents or proceedings on May 16, 2020.  The maximum possible penalty if convicted is 20 years’ imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, three-year term of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment.

*          Jairo Luis Vera-Gutierrez, age 30, is charged with illegal reentry after deportation on or about October 10, 2020.  The maximum possible penalty if convicted is 2 years’ imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, a one-year term of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment.

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