Criminal Justice News

Saturday, February 24, 2018

Pollock prisoner sentenced to 24 months in prison for involuntary manslaughter



ALEXANDRIA, La. – United States Attorney Alexander C. Van Hook announced that a prisoner at the U.S. Penitentiary in Pollock, La., was sentenced last week to two years in prison for assaulting another inmate who later died.

Lee Adams, 53, of Santa Clara County, Calif., was sentenced Friday by U.S. District Judge Dee D. Drell on one count of involuntary manslaughter. He was also sentenced to five years of supervised release. According to the October 20, 2017 guilty plea, Adams entered a fellow inmate’s cell on October 31, 2014 and beckoned for him to follow. After the inmate entered Adams’ cell, Adams struck the inmate causing him to fall backwards. The back of the inmate’s head struck the floor, and he was found laying motionless. Adams exited the cell and entered the common area. Correctional officers locked down the area and transported the injured inmate to a local hospital where he died on November 4, 2014. The coroner concluded that the inmate sustained a skull fracture and massive injury to the brain, concluding that he died from blunt force to the side of his head that struck the floor. There is no indication that Adams specifically intended to kill the inmate.

The FBI and the U.S. Bureau of Prisons-Special Investigative Services conducted the investigation.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Brandon B. Brown is prosecuting the case.

Two Delaware Men Indicted For Sex Trafficking Of A Child By Force, Fraud, And Coercion



Baltimore, Maryland – A federal grand jury has indicted Steven M. Williams a/k/a “Brother Ray,” a/k/a “Ray”, age 38, and Harry E. Rivers a/k/a “Hakeem,” a/k/a “Pots,” age 28, both of Delaware, for sex trafficking of a child and by force, fraud, and coercion.  The indictment was returned on February 21, 2018.

The indictment was announced by Acting United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Stephen M. Schenning; Special Agent in Charge Gordon B. Johnson of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Baltimore Field Office; and Chief Matthew Donnelly of the Elkton Police Department.

According to the indictment, Williams and Rivers were pimps, engaged in the business of recruiting, enticing, harboring, transporting, providing, obtaining, advertising, and maintaining by any means girls and women to engage in commercial sex acts. In July 2017, a female child, “Girl 1,” was a victim of these crimes. “Girl 1” was a resident of Delaware, had recently completed the eighth grade, and was 15 years old.

Williams and Rivers both face a maximum sentence of life in prison. An initial appearance has not yet been scheduled.

An indictment is not a finding of guilt.  An individual charged by indictment is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty at some later criminal proceedings.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. Led by the United States Attorneys' Offices and the Criminal Division's Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state, and local resources to locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who sexually exploit children, and to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.justice.gov/psc.  For more information about internet safety education, please visit www.justice.gov/psc and click on the "resources" tab on the left of the page.       

Acting United States Attorney Stephen M. Schenning commended the FBI, the Elkton Police Department, the Newark (Delaware) Police Department, the Wilmington Police Department, the Cecil County Department of Social Services, the Cecil County State's Attorney's Office, and the Delaware Department of Justice for their work in the investigation.  Mr. Schenning thanked Assistant U.S. Attorneys Patricia McLane and Zachary A. Myers, who are prosecuting the case.


Navajo Man from Gallup Sentenced to Prison for Making False Statements to the FBI



Defendant Lied About Brother’s Role in Murder of Navajo Man

ALBUQUERQUE – Bronson Tony, 45, an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation who resides in Gallup, N.M., was sentenced today in Santa Fe, N.M., federal court to a six-month term of imprisonment followed by one year of supervised release for making false statements to the FBI.

Bronson Tony was charged in a felony information filed on Aug. 14, 2017, with making a false statement to the FBI on May 14, 2016 and June 2, 2016.  The information alleged that Bronson Tony falsely represented to the FBI that he and others did not accompany Brian Tony, 46,of Gallup, and a male victim to an area on the Navajo Indian Reservation in McKinley County, N.M., on May 8, 2016, where the male victim was later murdered.

Bronson Tony entered a guilty plea to the felony information on Aug. 14, 2017, and admitted that on May 8, 2016, Brian Tony, the victim, he and others drove to an area on the Navajo Indian Reservation called “Superman Canyon.”  Bronson Tony stated that he did not leave the vehicle or see what occurred outside of the vehicle, and kept the victim’s friend from leaving the vehicle after the victim and Brian Tony were heard yelling outside of the vehicle.  Brian Tony later re-entered the vehicle without the victim.

In his plea agreement, Bronson Tony admitted that on May 14, 2016, when he was interviewed by an FBI agent regarding the victim’s death, he made false statements regarding his whereabouts on May 8, 2016 and May 9, 2016.  Specifically Bronson Tony denied accompanying Brian Tony to “Superman Canyon,” and claimed that Brian Tony injured his arm on barbed wire.  Bronson Tony further admitted that on June 2, 2016, during a subsequent interview with an FBI agent regarding the victim’s death, he made false statements regarding the individuals present at the time of the victim’s death.

A federal jury found Brian Tony guilty of first degree murder and two counts of witness tampering on Sept. 30, 2017.  At sentencing, Brian Tony faces a statutory mandatory sentence of life imprisonment.

This case was investigated by the Albuquerque and Gallup offices of the FBI.  The case against Brian Tony was also investigated by the Albuquerque and Gallup offices of the FBI and the Navajo Nation Division of Public Safety.  Both cases are being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Joseph M. Spindle and Nicholas J. Marshall.