St. Paul Field Division

Grand Jury Returned Indictments

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

MADISON MAN CHARGED WITH ARMED ROBBERIES

Last Reviewed April 24, 2015

Robbinsdale Man Pleads Guilty in Straw-Buying Scheme Involving Purchase of Firearms for Ineligible Persons

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MINNEAPOLIS—Yesterday in federal court, a 21-year-old Robbinsdale man pleaded guilty to one count of Illegal Receipt of a Firearm by a Person Under Indictment. Keniko Duane Bland, who was indicted on May 12, 2014 along with four co-defendants, entered his guilty plea before United States District Court Judge John R. Tunheim.

Last Reviewed May 14, 2015

ATF, Firearms Industry Offer Reward in Marshall Firearms Theft

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ST. PAUL, Minn — The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), the trade association for the firearms industry, announced a reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the theft of firearms from Borch’s Sporting Goods, a federal firearm licensee (FFL) in Marshall, Minn.

ATF is offering a $5,000 reward, which will be matched by the NSSF for a total reward of $10,000.

Last Reviewed May 14, 2015

Minot Man Convicted of Felon in Possession of Firearm & Ammunition

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Bismark, ND – U.S. Attorney Timothy Q. Purdon announced that on June 19, 2014, Brian L. Sweeney, 47, Minot, N.D., was found guilty by a federal jury on a charge of felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition.

On October 14, 2013, in Minot, N.D., Sweeney was stopped for a traffic violation. After smelling the odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle, a law enforcement search resulted in the discovery of a loaded .380 caliber handgun.

Last Reviewed May 14, 2015

Minnesota Man Convicted of 18 Counts Related to International Arms Smuggling

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MINNEAPOLIS—Recently in federal court, a jury found a Minneapolis man guilty of smuggling guns to Nigeria and lying on required federal firearms purchase records. Sheriff Olaleran Mohammed, 51, a naturalized U.S. citizen currently living in Brooklyn Park, was convicted on Monday of one count of Smuggling Goods from the United States and 17 counts of providing False Statements During the Purchase of a Firearm. Mohammed was indicted in October 15, 2013 and was arrested November 22, 2013 in Atlanta, when returning from Nigeria.

Last Reviewed May 14, 2015

Grand Jury Returns Indictments

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MADISON, WIS. -- A federal grand jury in the Western District of Wisconsin, sitting in Madison, has returned the following indictments.  You are advised that a charge is merely an accusation and that a defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.  The Xiong, Hurlburt, Tlusty, and Varela-Garcia indictments were returned yesterday; the other indictments were returned today.

EAU CLAIRE MAN CHARGED WITH BEING A FELON IN POSSESSION OF A FIREARM & AMMUNITION

Last Reviewed May 14, 2015

Stratford Man Who Manufactured Explosive Devices And Silencers Sentenced To Federal Prison

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MADISON, WIS. – John W. Vaudreuil, United States Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin, announced that Tyler M. Perkins, 25, Stratford, Wis., was sentenced yesterday by U.S. District Judge William M. Conley to 63 months in federal prison for possessing firearms and ammunition as a felon.  Perkins pleaded guilty to the charges on April 9, 2014.

Last Reviewed May 14, 2015

Madison Man Sentenced to 21 Months on Heroin Charge

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MADISON, WIS. -- John W. Vaudreuil, United States Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin, announced that Darrion Brown, 22, of Madison, Wis., was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Barbara B. Crabb to 21 months in federal prison for possession of heroin with intent to distribute.   Brown pleaded guilty to this charge on March 13, 2014.

Last Reviewed May 7, 2015

Armed Heroin Dealer Sentenced to 87 Months in Federal Prison

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MADISON, WIS. -- John W. Vaudreuil, United States Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin, announced that David T. Taylor, 26, Madison, Wis., was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Barbara B. Crabb to 87 months in federal prison for possessing 15 grams of heroin with intent to distribute, and possessing two firearms in furtherance of that drug offense. Taylor pleaded guilty to these charges on March 13, 2014.

Last Reviewed May 7, 2015

Grand Forks Man Sentenced for Unlawful Possession of a Firearm and Ammunition

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FARGO - U.S. Attorney Timothy Q. Purdon announced that on April 21, 2014, Ryan Ronald Mountain a.k.a. Ryan Ronald Edward Mountain 33, from Grand Forks, N.D. was sentenced before U.S. District Judge Ralph R. Erickson to serve 15 years in prison for possession of a firearm and ammunition by a convicted felon.

Last Reviewed May 14, 2015

Duluth man sentenced for carjacking, obstruction of justice

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MINNEAPOLIS—Yesterday in federal court in St. Paul, a 35-year-old Duluth man was sentenced for carjacking a vehicle and for twice attempting to obstruct justice by soliciting false alibis and concocting a false confession from a fictitious person. United States District Judge Susan R. Nelson sentenced Elfred William Petruk to three concurrent terms of 168 months in federal prison on one count of carjacking and two counts of corruptly attempting to obstruct an official proceeding.

Last Reviewed May 14, 2015

Targeting Milwaukee Area Gun Crime

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MILWAUKEE ? Scott D. Sweetow, Special Agent in Charge of the St. Paul Field Division of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), and Edward A. Flynn, Chief of the Milwaukee Police Department (MPD) announced today a Tip Line Campaign to encourage the citizens of Milwaukee to report firearm-related crimes.

Last Reviewed May 14, 2015

Bus Stop Confrontation Leads To Lengthy Federal Sentence

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Madison, Wis. - John W. Vaudreuil, United States Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin, announced that Christopher Glasper, 27, Madison, Wis., was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Lynn S. Adelman to 70 months in federal prison for being a felon in possession of ammunition. Glasper pled guilty to this charge on January 29, 2014.

Last Reviewed May 14, 2015

Final Defendant Sentenced in Drug and Money Laundering Conspiracy Case

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United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that a Sioux Falls, South Dakota, woman convicted of Conspiracy to Distribute a Controlled Substance and Conspiracy to Commit Money Laundering was sentenced on March 31, 2014, by U.S. District Judge Karen E. Schreier.

Thiphavanh Noy Khaleck, age 29, was sentenced to 60 months in custody on the marijuana distribution conspiracy, and 70 months in custody on the money laundering conspiracy, to be served concurrently, followed by 3 years of supervised release. She pled guilty to the offenses on October 7, 2013.

Last Reviewed May 14, 2015

Plainfield Man Sentenced To 30 Months For Illegally Possessing Firearms

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MADISON, WIS. -- John W. Vaudreuil, United States Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin, announced that Aaron Schulist, 28, Plainfield, Wis., was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge William M. Conley to 30 months in federal prison, followed by a three-year term of supervised release, for unlawfully possessing three firearms as a convicted felon. Schulist pleaded guilty to this charge on January 30, 2014.

Last Reviewed May 14, 2015

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 yesterday. You are advised that a charge is merely an accusation and that a defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

EDGERTON MAN CHARGED WITH TAX CRIMES

Last Reviewed May 14, 2015

ATF Announces Reward for Information on Colonial Inn Motel Arson

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ST. PAUL (Minn.) ? The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), St. Paul Field Division Special Agent in Charge Scott D. Sweetow today announced  a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest of the person or persons responsible for the arson fire to the Colonial Inn Motel, in Yankton, S.D.  Additionally, Crime Stoppers will be offering an additional reward of up to $1,000.

Last Reviewed May 14, 2015

McFarland Man Sentenced for Gun Crime

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MADISON, WIS. -- John W. Vaudreuil, United States Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin, announced that Cory Brandt, 26, McFarland, Wis., was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Lynn S. Adelman to 18 months in federal prison, followed by a three-year term of supervised release, for unlawfully possessing firearms as a convicted felon. Brandt pleaded guilty to this charge on December 17, 2013.

In May 2013, Brandt stole firearms from a relative and pawned them. Brandt said he did so to support his heroin addiction.

Last Reviewed May 6, 2015

Madison Man Sentenced To 15 Months For Distributing Heroin

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MADISON, WIS. -- John W. Vaudreuil, United States Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin, announced that Aki Williams, 35, Madison, Wis., was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge William M. Conley to 15 months in federal prison for distributing heroin. This prison term is to be followed by three years of supervised release. Aki Williams pleaded guilty to this charge on October 9, 2013.

Last Reviewed May 6, 2015

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.

Colorado Woman Charged With Kidnapping

Kristen Smith, a.k.a Kristen Pearson, 31, Aurora, Colo., is charged with kidnapping. The indictment alleges that on February 6, 2014, Smith kidnapped an individual in Wisconsin, and transported the individual to Iowa.

Last Reviewed May 6, 2015

Chippewa Falls Man Sentenced for Gun Crime

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MADISON, WIS. -- John W. Vaudreuil, United States Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin, announced that Corey Cichy, 23, Chippewa Falls, Wis., was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge William Conley to 18 months in federal prison for being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition. Cichy pleaded guilty to this charge on December 11, 2013.

Cichy was arrested after he attempted to sell a rifle and ammunition to an undercover police officer at a shooting range in Cadott, Wis.

Last Reviewed May 6, 2015

Sioux Falls Man Sentenced in Firearms Case

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United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that a Sioux Falls, South Dakota, man convicted of Possession of a Stolen Firearm was sentenced on January 27, 2014, by U.S. District Judge Karen E. Schreier.

Andrei Kevin Russell, age 29, was sentenced to 92 months in prison, to be followed by 3 years of supervised release.

Russell was indicted for being a felon in possession of a firearm and for possessing a stolen firearm by a federal grand jury on March 6, 2013. He pled guilty to the stolen firearm offense on November 1, 2013. The other charge was dismissed.

Last Reviewed May 6, 2015

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