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Department of Justice

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

For Immediate Release

Thursday, September 19, 2019
Scott C. Blader
, United States Attorney
Contact: Rita M. Rumbelow

Edgerton Felon Sentenced to Four Years in Federal Prison

MADISON, WIS. - Scott C. Blader, United States Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin, announced that David Hill, 39, Edgerton, Wisconsin, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge William M. Conley to four years in federal prison for or unlawfully possessing five firearms as a convicted felon. Hill pleaded guilty to this charge on July 3, 2019. His prison term will be followed by a three-year period of supervised release.

On February 23, 2019, the Edgerton Police Department received an anonymous tip that Hill, a convicted felon, was in possession of firearms. At the time, Hill was on probation in Rock County, stemming from a 2013 conviction for possessing a firearm as a felon. An Edgerton police officer contacted Hill's probation agent, and together they found Hill's Facebook page. On January 19, 2019, Hill posted photos of himself on Facebook, while holding one firearm. Additional firearms were depicted behind him, hanging on a wall.

On February 25, 2019, Edgerton officers arrested Hill on a probation violation warrant, as he was parking at his place of employment. Hill got out of his car, carrying a canvas bag. Officers searched the bag incident to arrest and recovered a loaded Glock 9mm pistol, as well as two fully loaded 15-round magazines and additional boxes of ammunition. The firearms depicted in the Facebook photo were recovered from Hill’s basement, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives laboratory determined one operated as a machine gun.

This case has been brought as part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), the U.S. Justice Department’s program to reduce violent crime. The PSN approach involves collaboration by federal, state and local law enforcement agencies, prosecutors and communities to prevent and deter gun violence.

The charge against Hill was the result of an investigation conducted by the Edgerton Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. The prosecution of the case has been handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney Rita M. Rumbelow.


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