St. Paul Field Division

Beloit Heroin Dealer Sentenced to 42 Months in Federal Prison

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MADISON, WIS. -- John W. Vaudreuil, United States Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin, announced that Jylon Turner, 21, Beloit, Wis., was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge William M. Conley to 42 months in federal prison, followed by a three-year term of supervised release, for delivering heroin on April 2, 2014. Turner pleaded guilty to this charge on August 6, 2014.

Multi-Convicted Felon Sentenced to 77 Months for Possessing a Firearm on the Lac Courte Oreilles Reservation

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MADISON, WIS. -- John W. Vaudreuil, United States Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin, announced that Murl L. Grover, Jr., 32, Wauzeka, Wis., was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge James D. Peterson to 77 months in prison, followed by a three-year term of supervised release, for unlawfully possessing a firearm as a convicted felon. Grover pleaded guilty to this charge on August 11, 2014.

Eau Claire Felon Sentenced to 6 Years for Illegally Possessing Firearm

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MADISON, WIS. – John W. Vaudreuil, United States Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin, announced that Matthew Weiland, 23, Eau Claire, Wis., was sentenced yesterday by U.S. District Judge James D. Peterson to six years in federal prison for possessing a firearm as a felon. Weiland pleaded guilty to the charge on August 14, 2014.

Outlaw Motorcycle Gang Member on the Run for 17 years Arrested in Mexico

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United States Attorney James L. Santelle announced that United States Marshals have arrested Randy Mark Yager, aka “Mad” (age: 58), in Mexico. In 1997, Yager fled after he was indicted in the Eastern District of Wisconsin. Yager was the ATF's Most Wanted Fugitive in 1997, and was placed on the United States Marshals 15 Most Wanted list in 2004.

Grand Jury Returns Indictment

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

BELOIT MAN CHARGED WITH GUN CRIME

Joshua Gillespie, 24, Beloit, Wis., is charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm. The indictment alleges that on October 8, 2014, he possessed a .357 caliber revolver.

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

SUPERIOR RESIDENT CHARGED WITH GUN CRIME

Ryan Pouliot, 23, Superior, Wis., is charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition. The indictment alleges that he possessed a .410 gauge shotgun and ammunition on September 23, 2014.

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

MADISON WOMAN CHARGED WITH
PASSING COUNTERFEIT CHECKS

Markisha M. Teague, 19, Madison, Wis., is charged with two counts of passing a counterfeited and altered security of the United States with intent to defraud.

ATF, Firearms Industry Offer Reward in Box Elder 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 the Box Elder Trading Post, a federal firearm licensee (FFL) in Box Elder, South Dakota.

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

McLaughlin Man Sentenced for Felon in Possession of Ammunition

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United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that a McLaughlin, South Dakota, man convicted of Felon in Possession of Ammunition was sentenced on September 8, 2014, by U.S. District Judge Roberto A. Lange. Byron Hawk Bear, Sr., age 38, was sentenced to 60 months in custody with credit for 178 days served, 2 years of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund. The Court also ordered forfeiture of an Astra .357 caliber revolver and ammunition. Hawk Bear was indicted by a federal grand jury on March 11, 2014.

Two Charged With Armed Robbery of Roseville Pawn Shop

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United States Attorney Andrew M. Luger today announced a complaint charging DERRICK LYNCH, 51, and MARVIN SPENCER, 51, both of St. Paul, Minnesota, with armed robbery in violation of the Hobbs Act and using, carrying and discharging a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence. The defendants are charged with robbing Pawn America, a pawn shop in Roseville, MN, on July 21, 2014. The defendants made an initial appearance in U.S. District Court in Saint Paul on September 9, 2014. Their next court appearance is expected on September 11, 2014.

Washington Man Sentenced for Possession of Methamphetamine and a Firearm and Ammunition

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BISMARCK - U. S. Attorney Timothy Q. Purdon announced that on Sept. 8, 2014, Christopher Juaquin Russell, 34, Tacoma, Wash., was sentenced before U. S. District Judge Daniel L. Hovland to serve 20 years in prison for possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance and possession of a firearm and ammunition by a convicted felon.

Illegal Mexican National Who Ran Sophisticated Cocaine Distribution Business While Armed Sentenced To Ten Years In Federal Prison

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Madison, Wis. - John W. Vaudreuil, United States Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin, announced that Jorge Gamez-Nieto, 41, a citizen of Mexico, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge William M. Conley to a mandatory minimum ten-year term of imprisonment for possessing with intent to distribute more than 500 grams of cocaine and possessing a loaded handgun in furtherance of that offense. Gamez-Nieto pleaded guilty to these charges on May 15, 2014.

Spring Valley Felon Sentenced to 54 Months for Illegally Possessing Shotgun & Revocation of Supervised Release

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MADISON, WIS. -- John W. Vaudreuil, United States Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin, announced that Michael V. Pierce, 40, Spring Valley, Wis., was sentenced to a cumulative 54 months in federal prison following two federal court hearings yesterday. First, Pierce appeared before U.S. District Judge Lynn S. Adelman, who sentenced Pierce to 42 months for possessing a firearm in January 2014 while a felon.

Cross Plains 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 Andrew J. Scoles, 36, Cross Plains, Wis., was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Lynn S. Adelman to 20 months in federal prison, followed by a three-year term of supervised release, for unlawfully possessing firearms as a convicted felon. The defendant’s advisory sentencing guidelines range was 70 to 87 months. Scoles pleaded guilty to this charge on May 20, 2014.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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