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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

Western District of Wisconsin

www.justice.gov/usao/wiw

For Immediate Release

March 7, 2012

John W. Vaudreuil, United States Attorney

Contact: AUSA Assigned to the Case
(608) 264-5158

Federal Grand Jury Returns Indictments

Madison, Wisconsin — A federal grand jury in the Western District of Wisconsin, sitting in Madison, returned the following indictments today. You are advised that a charge is merely an accusation and that a defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

SPRING GREEN MAN CHARGED WITH DRUG AND GUN CRIMES

Todd Tiedeman, 44, Spring Green, Wis., is charged with manufacturing marijuana and being a felon in possession of firearms. The indictment alleges that he manufactured more than 100 marijuana plants, and that on February 2, 2012, he possessed six firearms, including three shotguns, two rifles and a semiautomatic rifle.

If convicted, Tiedeman faces a mandatory minimum penalty of five years and a maximum penalty of 40 years in federal prison on the marijuana charge, and a maximum penalty of 10 years on the felon in possession charge. The charges against him are the result of an investigation by the Sauk Prairie Police Department, Sauk County Sheriff’s Department, and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. The prosecution of this case has been assigned to Assistant U.S. Attorney Rita M. Rumbelow.

MARSHALL MAN CHARGED WITH GUN CRIME

William J. Ryan, 43, Marshall, Wis., is charged with possessing firearms and ammunition while subject to a court order restraining him from harassing, stalking or threatening an intimate partner. The indictment alleges that on October 28, 2011, while subject to a court order issued in Dane County Circuit Court on November 22, 2010, he possessed two handguns, two rifles, a shotgun and ammunition.

If convicted, Ryan faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in federal prison. The charge against him is the result of an investigation by the Dane County Sheriff’s Department and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. The prosecution of this case has been assigned to Assistant U.S. Attorney David J. Reinhard.

BELOIT MAN CHARGED WITH GUN CRIMES

John R. Norman III, 41, Beloit, Wis., is charged with possessing firearms and ammunition after previously being convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence. The indictment alleges that on July 6, 2011, he possessed two rifles, and on December 21, 2011, he possessed ammunition.

If convicted, Norman faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in federal prison. The charges against him are the result of an investigation by the Beloit Police Department and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. The prosecution of this case has been assigned to Assistant U.S. Attorney David J. Reinhard.

ILLEGAL ALIEN CHARGED WITH GUN CRIMES

Jose A. Medina–Mendoza, 27, a citizen of Mexico found living in Madison, Wis., is charged with possessing a firearm while being an alien illegally in the United States. He is also charged with being an unlawful drug user in possession of a firearm. The indictment alleges that on February 16, 2012, he possessed a pistol.

If convicted, Medina–Mendoza faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in federal prison on each charge. The charges against him are the result of an investigation by the Madison Police Department and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. The prosecution of this case has been assigned to Assistant U.S. Attorney Rita M. Rumbelow.

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