St. Paul Field Division

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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