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Department of Justice

U.S. Attorney's Office
Eastern District of Michigan

For Immediate Release

Thursday, June 1, 2023
Dawn N. Ison
, United States Attorney

Holly, Michigan Man Sentenced to 5 Years in Prison After Threatening Bar Patrons With an AR-15-Style Rifle

DETROIT – A Holly, Michigan man was sentenced to 5 years in prison for being a felon in possession of a weapon after he pointed an AR-15-style rifle at patrons inside the Holly Inn Bar in March 2022, United States Attorney Dawn N. Ison announced today.

Ison was joined in the announcement by James Deir, Special Agent in Charge of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

Joshua Allgeyer, 40, was sentenced by United States District Judge George Caram Steeh after having previously pleaded guilty to being a felon in possession of a Springfield Armory Saint AR-15-style rifle. Witnesses told investigators that after Allgeyer left the Holly Inn Bar following a verbal fight inside, he returned with the rifle and pointed it through a side window at patrons inside, causing them to run for cover and fear for their lives. Allgeyer then fled the scene and hid inside his local residence, refusing to exit once officers arrived to arrest him. After a barricade was set up and the SWAT team was called in, Allgeyer eventually exited the residence. Inside, law enforcement recovered the rifle, over 1,000 rounds of ammunition, and seven rifle magazines. Allgeyer had prior convictions for armed robbery and home invasion and had previously served 14 years in prison for these crimes.

“This individual posed a great danger to members of our community who were just trying to enjoy an evening at a local bar when he pointed an assault rifle at them. We work continuously to keep dangerous felons off the streets and away from deadly firearms,” U.S. Attorney Ison said.

“Allgeyer’s reckless disregard for human life has real consequences. The use of an illegal firearm to intimidate people by a previous repeat offender in our community is reprehensible,” said ATF Detroit Special Agent in Charge James Deir. “The women and men of the ATF are steadfast in their commitment to hold violent felons accountable for criminal misconduct involving illegal firearms.”

This case was investigated by the Detroit Field Office of the ATF and by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Caitlin Casey and Diane Princ.

Detroit Field Division