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Jury Finds Pierce County Man Guilty of Gun Crimes

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Madison, Wis. - John W. Vaudreuil, United States Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin, announced that Michael Allan Hancock, 41, Pierce County, Wis., was found guilty of two gun crimes after a two-day trial in U.S. District Court in Madison. Hancock was found guilty of being a felon in possession of a firearm, a J.C. Higgins 20 gauge shotgun, and of possessing a sawed-off shotgun. The jury reached their verdict this afternoon after approximately two hours of deliberation.

Watertown Man Sentenced for his role in “Operation Black Widow”

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United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that a Watertown, South Dakota, man convicted of Conspiracy to Distribute a Controlled Substance was sentenced on December 29, 2014, by U.S. District Judge Karen E. Schreier.  Patricio Rodriguez Pena, age 56, was sentenced to 180 months in prison, to be followed by 5 years of supervised release.  Pena was indicted for Conspiracy to Distribute 50 Grams or More of Methamphetamine by a federal grand jury on July 9, 2013. He pled guilty to the offense on October 6, 2014.

California Man Sentenced for Possession of an Unregistered Firearm

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United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that a Fontana, California, man convicted of Possession of an Unregistered Firearm was sentenced on December 16, 2014, by Chief Judge Jeffrey L. Viken, U.S. District Court.

Gregorio Aguirre, age 26, was sentenced to 24 months in custody, 3 years of supervised release, and ordered to pay a $100 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.

Cherry Creek Man Sentenced for Assault with a Dangerous Weapon

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United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that a Cherry Creek, South Dakota, man convicted of Assault with a Dangerous Weapon was sentenced on December 15, 2014, by U.S. District Judge Roberto A. Lange.

Kelly Romero, age 27, was sentenced to 14 months in custody, 18 months of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.

Romero was indicted by a federal grand jury on July 17, 2013. He pled guilty on September 22, 2014.

Rapid City Man Convicted of Drug Conspiracy

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United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that Luis Olivares, age 42, of Rapid City, South Dakota, was found guilty 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. The federal jury returned the guilty verdict on December 10, 2014, at the conclusion of an eight-day jury trial in Rapid City.

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.

TWO KRONENWETTER RESIDENTS
CHARGED WITH TAX CRIMES

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.

REEDSBURG MAN CHARGED WITH GUN CRIME

Keith Gary, 44, Reedsburg, Wis., is charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition. The indictment alleges that on November 13, 2014, he possessed a .32 caliber revolver and ammunition.

Beloit Man Sentenced to 72 Months on Crack Cocaine Charge

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MADISON, WIS. -- John W. Vaudreuil, United States Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin, announced that William Ellis, 28, Beloit, Wis., was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge James Peterson to 72 months in federal prison for possessing crack cocaine with the intent to distribute it.  Ellis pleaded guilty to this charge on September 24, 2014.

Two Beloit Residents Charged with Heroin Conspiracy

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MADISON, WIS. -- John W. Vaudreuil, United States Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin, announced the unsealing of an indictment charging Charles A. Evans, 40, and Tiana L. Williams, 24, both of Beloit, Wis., with participating in a conspiracy to possess and distribute heroin from May to September 2014. 
 
The indictment was returned on October 29 by a grand jury sitting in Madison, and was unsealed following the arrest of the defendants in Beloit yesterday.
 

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.

TWO MEN CHARGED WITH ARMED BANK ROBBERY

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K-9 Brock is a recent graduate from ATF’s Search Enhanced Evidence K-9 (S.E.E.K.) program where he learned to detect over 19,000 explosive formulations. As a S.E.E.K. dog, Brock received extensive obedience training and has the ability to search for explosives both on and off leash. Brock’s off leash search abilities allows the handler to send Brock to specific targets such as vehicles or luggage from a distance. Once at the target, the handler can direct Brock using hand and whistle signals to search for explosives to include firearms and shell casings.

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.

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