HAMMOND | A Lake Village man was sentenced to 19.5 years in prison Thursday on a federal charge of conspiracy to possess heroin with intent to distribute.
A U.S. District Court jury convicted Mark Bozovich, 35, in September 2012. He was named in a nine-person indictment involving a heroin distribution ring, which resulted in sentences from two years to 14 years. Unlike several co-defendants who reached plea deals with federal prosecutors, Bozovich took the case to trial and received the longest sentence of the group.
Two DeMotte men, Derek Mullenburg, 25, and Joseph Gilman, 23, each received 46-month sentences after pleading guilty to conspiracy to possess heroin with intent to distribute, according to court records. Cortez “Squeak” Humphrey, 37, was sentenced to 14 years in prison on the same charge.
In letters to Judge Rudy Lozano seeking leniency, Bozovich’s family members described a troubling drug addiction. Bozevich, who has been incarcerated at a Kankakee, Ill., jail since 2012, will be transferred to a federal prison.