DOJ Seal

Department of Justice

U.S. Attorney's Office
Western District of Wisconsin

For Immediate Release

Thursday, February 8, 2018
Scott C. Blader
, United States Attorney
Contact: Aaron Wegner

Chicago Man Sentenced to 42 Months for Illegally Possessing Firearm

Jelani Faulk Arrested in August 2017 after Discharging Gun On Bus on the UW-Madison Campus

MADISON, WIS. -- Scott C. Blader, United States Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin, announced that Jelani Faulk, 21, Chicago, was sentenced yesterday by U.S. District Judge William Conley to 42 months in federal prison for possessing a firearm as a convicted felon. His prison sentence will be followed by three years of supervised release. Faulk pleaded guilty to this charge on November 13, 2017.

Faulk was arrested by Madison police officers on August 16, 2017, after discharging a gun on a Megabus parked on the University of Wisconsin campus. At the time of his arrest, officers noticed that Faulk had wounds consistent with a gunshot. After draining the bathroom tank on the bus, officers found the 9mm handgun that the Faulk attempted to hide before leaving the bus. Faulk previously had been convicted of a felony offense in Hennepin County, Minnesota.

In sentencing Faulk, Judge Conley took into account his lengthy criminal history, which included violent crimes and firearms offenses. Judge Conley also noted that Faulk’s decision to carry a loaded firearm on a public bus was extremely dangerous and could have resulted in injury or death to others.

The charge against Faulk was a result of an investigation conducted by the Madison Police Department and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. The prosecution of the case has been handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney Aaron Wegner.


Chicago Field Division