St. Paul Field Division

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:

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.

Felon Sentenced to Eight Years in Prison for Illegally Possessing Handgun

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United States Attorney Andrew M. Luger today announced the sentencing of TOMMY MICHAEL SPACK, 32, to eight years in prison for illegally possessing a firearm after having been previously convicted of multiple felonies in both Ramsey and Washington Counties. SPACK was indicted on February 3, 2014. The defendant pleaded guilty on May 8, 2014, and was sentenced today before Judge Ann D. Montgomery in U.S. District Court in Minneapolis, Minn.

Former Minneapolis School Cook Sentenced to 30 Months in Prison for Acting as Straw Purchaser for Convicted Felon

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United States Attorney Andrew M. Luger today announced the sentencing of ANGELA CARTER, 33, to 30 months in federal prison for acting as a straw purchaser of two handguns. CARTER was indicted on May 12, 2014, and pleaded guilty on July 28, 2014, to one count of Causing a False Statement to be Maintained in the Records of a Federal Firearms Licensee. The defendant was sentenced on March 10, 2015, before Judge John R. Tunheim in U.S. District Court in Minneapolis, Minn.

Minot Man Sentenced for Felon in Possession of Ammunition

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BISMARCK – U.S. Attorney Timothy Q. Purdon announced that on March 6, 2015, Jerome Bradley Fletcher, 38, Minot, N.D., was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Daniel L. Hovland on a count of possession of ammunition by a convicted felon. Judge Hovland sentenced Fletcher to serve four years and three months in federal prison, to be followed by three years of supervised release. Fletcher was also ordered to pay a $100 special assessment to the Crime Victim’s Fund.

Beloit Man Sentenced for Distributing Heroin

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MADISON, WIS. -- John W. Vaudreuil, United States Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin, announced that Marcus Payton, 30, Beloit, Wis., was sentenced yesterday 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 distributing heroin. Payton pleaded guilty to this crime on December 30, 2014, and has remained in custody since his guilty plea.

Williston Man Sentenced for Possession of Firearms and Ammunition by a Convicted Felon

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BISMARCK – U.S. Attorney Timothy Q. Purdon announced that on Feb. 23, 2015, Gabriel Lazaro Garcia-Hernandez, a/k/a Gabriel L. Garcia, 54, Williston, N.D., was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Daniel L. Hovland on a charge of possession of firearm and ammunition by a convicted felon and possession of a firearm with an obliterated serial number. Garcia was convicted on October 29, 2014, by a federal jury.

New ULM Felon Sentenced to 25 Years in Prison for Illegal Possession of Firearms and Ammunition

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United States Attorney Andrew M. Luger announced the sentencing of BUCK OTTO WHITE a/k/a “TIMOTHY JOSEPH HOFFMAN,” 50, to 300 months in federal prison for illegally possessing stolen firearms and ammunition. WHITE was charged on April 7, 2014, with two counts of possession of firearms and ammunition by a convicted felon and two counts of possession of stolen firearms and ammunition. On April 25, 2014, following a three-day trial, a federal jury found WHITE guilty on all counts. The defendant was sentenced on February 13, 2015, before Judge Joan N. Ericksen in U.S.

Jury Finds Rosebud Man Guilty of Possession of an Unregistered Firearm and Prohibited Person in Possession of a Firearm

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United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that Clyde Aquallo, age 40, of Rosebud, South Dakota, was convicted of Possession of an Unregistered Firearm and Prohibited Person in Possession of a Firearm, following a four-day jury trial in Pierre, South Dakota. The verdict was returned on January 30, 2015.

The jury found Aquallo not guilty of Assault with a Dangerous Weapon, Using and Carrying a Firearm During and In Relation to a Crime of Violence, and Distribution of a Controlled Substance.

Eagle Butte Man Sentenced for Possession of a Stolen Firearm

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United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that an Eagle Butte, South Dakota, man convicted of Possession of a Stolen Firearm was sentenced on February 2, 2015, by U.S. District Judge Roberto A. Lange. Shilo Hill, a/k/a Shilo Robideau, age 19, was sentenced to 2 months in custody, 18 months of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.

Michael Ronald Garant Charged with Illegally Acquiring Firearms on Behalf of Another Person

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United States Attorney Andrew M. Luger today announced a criminal complaint charging MICHAEL RONALD GARANT, 42, for acting as a straw purchaser of three firearms for Ray Kmetz. GARANT is charged by complaint with making a false statement to acquire firearms on behalf of another person.[1] GARANT will appear today before Magistrate Judge Steven Rau in U.S. District Court in St. Paul, Minn.

Eagle Butte Man Sentenced for Possession of a Firearm by Prohibited Person

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United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that an Eagle Butte, South Dakota, man convicted of Possession of a Firearm by a Prohibited Person was sentenced on January 26, 2015, by U.S. District Judge Roberto A. Lange.

Philip Nordvold, age 36, was sentenced to 16 months in custody, 2 years of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.

Nordvold was indicted for Possession of a Firearm by a Prohibited Person by a federal grand jury on August 19, 2014. He pled guilty to the charge on October 21, 2014.

Williston Man Sentenced on Two Counts of Possession of a Firearm and Ammunition

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BISMARCK - U. S. Attorney Timothy Q. Purdon announced that on Jan. 12, 2015, Ronald Keith Edwards Gibbons, 28, Williston, N.D., was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Daniel L. Hovland on two counts of possession of firearm and ammunition by a convicted felon. Judge Hovland sentenced Gibbons to serve seven years and six months in federal prison, to be followed by three years of supervised release on each count to be served concurrently. Gibbons was ordered to pay a $200 special assessment to the Crime Victim’s Fund.

Williston Man Sentenced for Possession of Firearm and Ammunition

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BISMARCK - U. S. Attorney Timothy Q. Purdon announced that on Jan. 12, 2015, Michael John Schell, 44, Williston, N.D., was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Daniel L. Hovland on a charge of possession of firearm and ammunition by a convicted felon. Judge Hovland sentenced Schell to serve seven years in federal prison, to be followed by three years of supervised release. Schell was ordered to pay a $100 special assessment to the Crime Victim’s Fund.

Eden Prairie Man Pleads Guilty to Illegally Buying and Selling Smokeless Tobacco Products

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United States Attorney Andrew M. Luger today announced the guilty plea of DMITRI SOUDAKOV, 41, for the illegal purchase and transport of smokeless tobacco. The defendant pleaded guilty on January 5, 2015, before Judge David S. Doty in U.S. District Court in Minneapolis, Minn., to one count of Shipment, Transport, Receipt, Possession, Sale, Distribution and Purchase of Contraband Smokeless Tobacco.

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