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Friday, September 07, 2007

Ind. Decisions - 7th Circuit issues one Indiana opinion today

In USA v. Emerson and Ingram (SD Ind., Judge Hamilton), a 19-page opinion, Judge Bauer writes:

Sherman Emerson and William E. Ingram were already known to law enforcement when a confidential informant, Edwin Douglas, contacted Detective Kenneth Martinez of the Indianapolis Police Department in November of 2004 about Ingram’s interest in committing “licks” or “drug rips”—robbing drug dealers of their drugs. At that time, Ingram had prior convictions for dealing in a sawed-off shotgun, criminal confinement, receiving stolen property, and intimidation. He and Emerson also had been charged with murder arising from an earlier lick. The Indianapolis Police Department referred the matter to federal authorities, who launched a sting operation that nabbed Ingram and Emerson, as well as four other individuals. Only Ingram and Emerson proceeded to trial, where a jury convicted them of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute more than five kilograms of cocaine, in violation of 21 U.S.C. § 841(a)(1). The jury also convicted Ingram of carrying a firearm in furtherance of a drug-trafficking crime and being a felon in possession of a firearm, in violation of 18 U.S.C. §§ 924(c) and 922(g), respectively. Ingram and Emerson appeal their convictions and sentences. We affirm.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on September 7, 2007 01:18 PM
Posted to Ind. (7th Cir.) Decisions