St. Paul Field Division

Colorado Man Sentenced for Drug Conspiracy

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Acting United States Attorney Randolph J. Seiler announced that a Denver, Colorado, man convicted of Conspiracy to Distribute a Controlled Substance was sentenced on June 3, 2015, by Chief Judge Jeffrey L. Viken, U.S. District Court.

Vincent Rios, age 32, was sentenced to 87 months in federal prison, followed by 4 years of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.

Beloit Woman Sentenced to Two Years for Conspiring to Intimidate Witness

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MADISON, WIS. -- – John W. Vaudreuil, United States Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin, announced that Tiana Williams, 25, Beloit, Wis., was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge James D. Peterson to two years in federal prison for conspiring to intimidate a witness in connection with a federal heroin investigation. Williams pleaded guilty to this charge on March 26, 2015. Williams also admitted that she was involved with Charles Evans in a conspiracy to distribute heroin, and she was sentenced as if convicted of the drug conspiracy.

Rapid City Man Sentenced to Life for Drug Conspiracy

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Acting United States Attorney Randolph J. Seiler announced that a Rapid City, South Dakota, man convicted of Conspiracy to Distribute Methamphetamine, Possession of Firearms During a Drug Trafficking Crime, Felon and Fugitive in Possession of Firearms, Possession of Methamphetamine with the Intent to Distribute, and Distribution of Methamphetamine was sentenced on May 27, 2015, by Chief Judge Jeffrey L. Viken, U.S. District Court. The convictions were the result of an eight-day federal jury trial in Rapid City in December of 2014.

Forty-One Defendants to Traffic Heroin and Prescription Opiods to Upper Midwest Indian Reservations

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United States Attorney Andrew M. Luger today announced the indictment of forty-one members of a multi-state heroin trafficking conspiracy.1 The 41 defendants named in the indictment were charged with Conspiracy to Distribute Heroin, Methamphetamine, Oxycodone, Hydromorphone, Hydrocodone, and Methadone. Several defendants were charged with additional crimes related to the drug trafficking scheme, including firearms offenses. The defendants are making initial appearances this week before Magistrate Judge Tony Leung in U.S. District Court in St. Paul, Minn.

Former Outlaw Motorcycle Gang Member Indicted in Federal Court - Faces life in Prison

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United States Attorney James L. Santelle, announced that on May 12, 2015, a grand jury sitting in the Eastern District of Wisconsin returned a second superseding indictment, charging Randy M. Yager, aka "Mad," 59, originally from Crown Point, Indiana, with Racketeering and Racketeering Conspiracy, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1962(c) and (d).

Seven Indicted for Trafficking Cocaine and Marijuana into Minnesota from California and Arizona via Fedex

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United States Attorney Andrew M. Luger today announced an indictment charging ANTHONY CURTIS HARRIS, 33, and six others with conspiring to traffic cocaine and marijuana into Minnesota from California and Arizona via FedEx and the United States Postal Service.1 Additionally, some members of the conspiracy were also charged with possession with intent to distribute cocaine and others with conspiracy to commit money laundering. Six defendants have already made initial appearances in U.S. District Courts in San Diego, Calif., and in St. Paul, and Minneapolis, Minn.

Beloit Man Sentenced to Four Years for Distributing Heroin

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MADISON, WIS. -- John W. Vaudreuil, United States Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin, announced that David L. Barber, 30, Beloit, Wis., was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge William M. Conley to four years in federal prison for distributing heroin.

Barber pleaded guilty to this offense on March 11, 2015, and admitted that he distributed heroin in the Beloit area in 2014. He has multiple prior drug convictions in Rock County.

Milwaukee Man Indicted on Robbery, Firearms, and Ammunition Charges

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James L. Santelle, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Wisconsin, announced that on May 5, 2015, a federal grand jury returned a four-count indictment against Justin K. Nalls (age: 27) of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, charging him with robbery, brandishing a firearm during a crime of violence, possession of ammunition by a felon, and possession of a firearm by a felon contrary to Title 18 United States Code, sections 1951(a), 924(c)(1)(A)(ii), and 922(g)(1). If convicted of the robbery offense the defendant faces 20 years imprisonment.

Milwaukee Man Convicted in Federal Court for Hampton Service Center Robbery

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United States Attorney James L. Santelle announced today that Michael A. Anglin of Milwaukee (age: 24) was convicted in federal court following a four-day trial of: (1) interference with commerce by threats of violence also known as the Hobbs Act, in violation of 18 U.S.C. §1951; (2) discharge of a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence in violation of 18 U.S.C. §924(c)(1)(A)(iii); (3) conspiracy in violation of 18 U.S.C. §1951; (4) felon in possession of a firearm in violation of 18 U.S.C. §922(g)(1); and (5) felon in possession of ammunition in violation of 18 U.S.C.

Targeting Milwaukee Area Gun Crime

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MILWAUKEE ? James C. Modzelewski, Special Agent in Charge of the St. Paul Field Division of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), Edward A. Flynn, chief of the Milwaukee Police Department (MPD) and David Ford, president and general manager of Clear Channel Outdoor today announced a Tip Line and Billboard Campaign to encourage the citizens of Milwaukee to report firearm-related crimes.

Michael Ronald Garant Pleads Guilty to Illegally Acquiring Firearms on Behalf of another Person

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United States Attorney Andrew M. Luger today announced the guilty plea of MICHAEL RONALD GARANT, 42, for acting as a straw purchaser of three firearms for Ray Kmetz. GARANT pleaded guilty to making a false statement during the purchase of a firearm. GARANT pleaded guilty today before Judge Joan N. Ericksen in U.S. District Court in Minneapolis, Minn.

Seven Rock County Residents Arrested on Federal Drug and Gun Charges

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MADISON, WIS. – Seven Rock County residents were arrested today on federal drug and gun charges, announced Rock County and federal officials. The announcement was made at a press conference in Beloit by John W. Vaudreuil, United States Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin; Rock County Sheriff Robert Spoden; Beloit Police Chief Norm Jacobs; Federal Bureau of Investigation Special Agent in Charge Robert J. Shields, Jr.; and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Assistant Special Agent in Charge Joel L. Lee.

Serial Business Robber Pleads Guilty in Federal Court

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Madison, Wis. - John W. Vaudreuil, United States Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin, announced that Keith Gary, 46, Reedsburg, Wis., pleaded guilty today in U.S. District Court in Madison to committing six robberies, one while armed; one attempted robbery; and to unlawfully possessing a firearm and ammunition as a convicted felon.

The robberies Gary pleaded guilty to were:

Grand Jury Indictments

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MADISON, WIS. -- A federal grand jury in the Western District of Wisconsin, sitting in Madison, returned the following indictments today, with the exception of the Jason Nichols indictment, which was returned yesterday. You are advised that a charge is merely an accusation and that a defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

River Falls Man Sentenced to 10 Years for Possessing a Sawed-Off Shotgun

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MADISON, WIS. -- John W. Vaudreuil, United States Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin, announced that Michael Allan Hancock, 42, of River Falls, Wis., was sentenced yesterday by U.S. District Judge Barbara B. Crabb to 10 years in federal prison for unlawful possession of a sawed-off shotgun and possession of a firearm by a felon, to be followed by three years of supervised release. Hancock was found guilty of these charges on January 6, 2015, following a jury trial.

Grand Jury Returns Indictments

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MADISON, WIS. -- 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.

FOUR CHARGED WITH GUN CRIMES

In unrelated cases, four individuals are charged in separate indictments with being a felon in possession of a firearm.  If convicted, each faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in federal prison.  Those charged are:

Beloit Woman Pleads Guilty to Intimidating a Witness

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MADISON, WIS. – John W. Vaudreuil, United States Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin, announced that Tiana Williams, 25, Beloit, Wis., pleaded guilty today in U.S. District Court in Madison to conspiring to intimidate a witness in connection with a federal heroin investigation. U.S. District Court Judge James D. Peterson scheduled sentencing for June 4, 2015, at 11:00 a.m. Williams faces a maximum penalty of five years in federal prison.

At the plea hearing, the prosecution’s evidence established:

Beloit Man Sentenced for Unlawfully Possessing a Firearm

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MADISON, WIS. -- John W. Vaudreuil, United States Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin, announced that Joshua Gillespie, 24, Beloit, Wis., was sentenced today by Chief U.S. District Judge William M. Conley to 84 months in federal prison, to be followed by three years of supervised release, for unlawfully possessing a firearm as a convicted felon. Gillespie pleaded guilty to this offense on January 13, 2015.

Rhinelander Woman Sentenced to 90 Months for Gun Crime

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MADISON, WIS. -- John W. Vaudreuil, United States Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin, announced that Bonnie T. Wolff, 29, Rhinelander, Wis., was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge William M. Conley to 90 months in federal prison, to be followed by a three-year term of supervised release, for unlawfully possessing a firearm and ammunition as a convicted felon. Wolff pleaded guilty to this charge on January 15, 2015.

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