St. Paul Field Division

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.

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.

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.

Grand Jury Returns Indictments

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GRAND JURY RETURNS INDICTMENTS

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.

PORT WASHINGTON MAN CHARGED WITH POSSESSING SYNTHETIC DRUG WITH INTENT TO DISTRIBUTE

Rapid City Man Sentenced for Possession of a Stolen Firearm

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United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that a Rapid City, South Dakota, man convicted of Possession of a Stolen Firearm was sentenced on January 9, 2014, by Chief Judge Jeffrey L. Viken, U.S. District Court.

Sheldon LaPointe, age 38, was sentenced to 48 months in custody, 3 years of supervised release, ordered to pay $1,000 in restitution, and a $100 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.

North Dakota Man Sentenced for Possession of Firearm by a Prohibited Person

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United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that a North Dakota man convicted of Possession of a Firearm by a Prohibited Person was sentenced on December 30, 2013, by U.S. District Judge Charles B. Kornmann. Virgil Running Bear, Jr., age 40, was sentenced to 57 months of imprisonment, 3 years of Supervised Release, and a $100 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund. Running Bear was indicted by a federal grand jury on May 15, 2013.

He pled guilty on September 23, 2013.

Bismarck Man Sentenced for Felon in Possession Charge

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BISMARCK– U.S. Attorney Timothy Q. Purdon announced that on Dec. 19, 2013, Dylan A. Romero, 34, Bismarck, N.D., was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Daniel Hovland on a charge of possession of firearm by a convicted felon. Romero was found guilty by a federal jury on Sept. 6, 2013.

Judge Hovland sentenced Romero to seven years in federal prison, to be followed by three years of supervised release. Romero was ordered to pay a $100 special assessment to the Crime Victim’s Fund.

Madison Man Sentenced to 30 Months for Illegal Possession of a Firearm

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MADISON, WIS. -- John W. Vaudreuil, United States Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin, announced that Rashon Howard, 27, Madison, Wis., was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Lynn Adelman to 30 months in prison, followed by two years of supervised release, for unlawfully possessing a firearm as a convicted felon. Howard pleaded guilty to this charge on October 3, 2013.

Stoughton Man Sentenced to 30 Months for Illegally Receiving Firearms

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MADISON, WIS. -- John W. Vaudreuil, United States Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin, announced that Weston Hoare-Baltes, 20, Stoughton, Wis., was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Lyn Adelman to 30 months in prison, followed by three-years of supervised release, for unlawfully receiving firearms while under felony information. Hoare-Baltes pleaded guilty to this charge on October 3, 2013.

WAUSAU Woman Sentenced for Distributing Methamphetamine

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MADISON, WIS. -- John W. Vaudreuil, United States Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin, announced that Sandra J. Timm, 44, Wausau, Wis., was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Lynn S. Adelman to 22 months in federal prison for distribution of methamphetamine. Timm pleaded guilty to this charge on October 3, 2013.

During the investigation a confidential informant made two buys of methamphetamine from Timm at her residence in Wausau. On March 21, 2013, law enforcement agents executed a search warrant at Timm’s residence and recovered 25 grams of methamphetamine.

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