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Quick justice in federal court.
Recent sentences handed down down in U.S. District courts ranged from 60-100 months in prison for a variety of crimes. Surprisingly, these sentences occurred relatively quickly, the crimes and/or indictments all happened this past summer.
- Mario Lee White: 2 Counts of Felon in possession of a firearm on June 26, 2013 - 100 months
- Abel Doncel de la Torre-Gonzalez: Convicted of his role in a hostage taking - 7 years
- Todd Russell Fries: Two counts of unlawful possession of unregistered destructive devices - 60 months
Here are the details as provided by the US Attorney's Office:
PHOENIX – On Dec.10, 2013, Mario Lee White, 27, a member of the Gila River Indian Community, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge James Carr to 100 months in prison after previously pleading guilty to two counts of felon in possession of a firearm on June 26, 2013.
On Jan. 22, 2013, White was driving a vehicle within the Ak-Chin Indian Community when he was pulled over for a traffic violation. Inside the vehicle officers found a firearm and drug paraphernalia. On March 6, 2013, White was driving a vehicle on the Gila River Indian Community when he fled from police at a high speed with two passengers in the vehicle. He eventually rolled the vehicle off the side of the road. Officers also found another firearm in the vehicle. White had previously been convicted of armed robbery and aid and abet.
The investigation in this case was conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Ak-Chin Police Department, and Gila River Police Department. The prosecution was handled by Raynette Logan, Assistant U.S. Attorney, District of Arizona, Phoenix.
CASE NUMBER: CR-13-00367-PHX-NVW
RELEASE NUMBER: 2013-095_White
PHOENIX – On Dec. 9, 2013, U.S. District Judge Susan R. Bolton sentenced Abel Doncel de la Torre-Gonzalez, 34, of Mexico D.F., Ed. De Mexico, MX, to seven years in prison for his role in a hostage taking. De la Torre was the last of three hostage takers sentenced to prison in this matter. Espiridion Pablo-Madrigal, 36, of San Juan Carapan, Michoacán and Luis Bretado-Aragon, 19, of Concordia, Sinaloa, Mexico, were sentenced in November to ten and one-half years and six years imprisonment, respectively. All three had been indicted June 12, 2013, on charges of hostage taking, conspiracy to commit hostage taking, and use, carrying and brandishing a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence.
U.S. Attorney John S. Leonardo reaffirmed the federal government’s commitment to prosecute human smugglers, especially those who employ violence and stated, “Federal law provides for significantly higher sentences for alien smugglers who engage in violence and use firearms as tools of their trade. We will use the statutory tools available to seek lengthy prison sentences for people who victimize their human cargo.”
The charges in the case stemmed from a human smuggling event in which the defendants raised the smuggling fees, threatened to kill the victims if the higher fees were not paid, and engaged in violent behavior toward the victims, who were in the process of being smuggled into the United States from Mexico.
The investigation in this case was conducted by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Homeland Security Investigations. The prosecution was handled by Joseph E. Koehler, Assistant U.S. Attorney, District of Arizona, Phoenix.
CASE NUMBER: CR-13-835-PHX-SRB
RELEASE NUMBER: 2013-094_Pablo-Madrigal_etal.
TUCSON, Ariz. – On Dec. 6, 2013, Todd Russell Fries, 50, of Tucson, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Cindy K. Jorgenson to 60 months in prison after he was found guilty by a federal jury on Aug. 13, 2013, of two counts of unlawful possession of unregistered destructive devices. Judge Jorgenson ordered that 20 months be served consecutive to the sentence of 151 months Fries previously received for unlawful possession and use of a chemical weapon.
Fries is currently serving a sentence of 151 months after being convicted in October 2012 of unlawful possession and use of a chemical weapon and providing false information to the FBI. The chemical weapon charges stemmed from an incident that occurred on Aug. 2, 2009, when two chlorine chemical devices were placed at the home of Fries’s former clients with whom he had a billing dispute. In that incident, the chlorine devices produced a massive cloud containing chlorine that enveloped a neighborhood on the northwest side of Tucson. As a result of the cloud, the neighborhood had to be evacuated. On May 13, 2011, during the course of the investigation of the chemical devices, the FBI executed a search warrant at Fries’s home in Tucson. During the search, agents discovered 24 explosive devices; three containing added fragmentation, in a bedroom located in Fries’s residence.
The investigation in this case was conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Bureau of Alcohol, Firearms, Tobacco and Explosives, the Pima County Sheriff’s Department and the Pima Regional Bomb Squad. The prosecution was handled by Beverly K. Anderson, Assistant U.S. Attorney, District of Arizona, Tucson.
CASE NUMBER: CR-11-01751-TUC-CKJ
RELEASE NUMBER: 2013-093_Fries
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