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United States v. Owens

United States District Court, D. Nevada

July 23, 2018

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, Plaintiff,
v.
JOHNE LEWIS OWENS, II, Defendant.

          PRELIMINARY ORDER OF FORFEITURE

         This Court finds that defendant Johne Lewis Owens, II, pled guilty to Count Two of a Three-Count Criminal Indictment charging him with Distribution of Child Pornography in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 2252A(a)(2). Criminal Indictment, ECF No. 1; Change of Plea, ECF No.___; Plea Agreement, ECF No___.

         This Court finds defendant Johne Lewis Owens, II, agreed to the forfeiture of the property set forth in the Plea Agreement, the Bill of Particulars, and the Forfeiture Allegation of the Criminal Indictment. Criminal Indictment, ECF No. 1; Bill of Particulars, ECF No. 19; Change of Plea, ECF No.___; Plea Agreement, ECF No.___.

         This Court finds, pursuant to Fed. R. Crim. P. 32.2(b)(1) and (2), the United States of America has shown the requisite nexus between property set forth in the Plea Agreement, the Bill of Particulars, and the Forfeiture Allegation of the Criminal Indictment and the offense to which defendant Johne Lewis Owens, II, pled guilty.

         The following property is (1) any visual depiction described in Title 18, United States Code, Section 2252A, or any book, magazine, periodical, film, videotape, or other matter which contains any such visual depiction, which was produced, transported, mailed, shipped or received in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 2252A(a)(2) and (2) any property, real or personal, used or intended to be used to commit or to promote the commission of Title 18, United States Code, Section 2252A(a)(2) or any property traceable to such property, and is subject to forfeiture pursuant to Title 18, United States Code, Section 2253(a)(1) and 2253(a)(3):

         1. ZTE Z970 cell phone, IMEI3C5891021319286, FCC ID# SRQ-Z970 (property).

         This Court finds that the United States of America may amend this order at any time to add subsequently located property or substitute property to the forfeiture order pursuant to Fed. R. Crim. P. 32.2(b)(2)(C) and 32.2(e).

         This Court finds the United States of America is now entitled to, and should, reduce the aforementioned property to the possession of the United States of America.

         NOW THEREFORE, IT IS HEREBY ORDERED, ADJUDGED, AND DECREED that the United States of America should seize the aforementioned property.

         IT IS FURTHER ORDERED, ADJUDGED, AND DECREED all possessory rights, ownership rights, and all rights, titles, and interests of Johne Lewis Owens, II, in the aforementioned property are forfeited and are vested in the United States of America and shall be safely held by the United States of America until further order of the Court.

         IT IS FURTHER ORDERED, ADJUDGED, AND DECREED the United States of America shall publish for at least thirty (30) consecutive days on the official internet government forfeiture website, www.forfeiture.gov, notice of this Order, which shall describe the forfeited property, state the time under the applicable statute when a petition contesting the forfeiture must be filed, and state the name and contact information for the government attorney to be served with the petition, pursuant to Fed. R. Crim. P. 32.2(b)(6) and Title 21, United States Code, Section 853(n)(2).

         IT IS FURTHER ORDERED, ADJUDGED, AND DECREED that any individual or entity who claims an interest in the aforementioned property must file a petition for a hearing to adjudicate the validity of the petitioner's alleged interest in the property, which petition shall be signed by the petitioner under penalty of perjury pursuant to Title 21, United States Code, Section 853(n)(3) and Title 28, United States Code, Section 1746, and shall set forth the nature and extent of the petitioner's right, title, or interest in the forfeited property and any additional facts supporting the petitioner's petition and the relief sought.

         IT IS FURTHER ORDERED, ADJUDGED, AND DECREED a petition, if any, must be filed with the Clerk of the Court, 333 Las Vegas Boulevard South, Las Vegas, Nevada 89101, no later than thirty (30) days after the notice is sent or, if direct notice was not sent, no later than sixty (60) days after the first day of the publication on the official internet government forfeiture site, www.forfeiture.gov.

         IT IS FURTHER ORDERED, ADJUDGED, AND DECREED a copy of the petition, if any, shall be served upon the Asset Forfeiture Attorney of the United States Attorney's ...


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