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Department of Justice

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

For Immediate Release

Tuesday, June 21, 2016
John W. Vaudreuil
, United States Attorney
Contact: Robert A. Anderson

Hudson Man Sentenced to Mandatory 15 Years in Prison for Illegally Possessing a Firearm

Randall Jennings Sentenced as Armed Career Criminal

MADISON, WIS. -- John W. Vaudreuil, United States Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin, announced that Randall Jennings, 48, Hudson, Wis., was sentenced today by U.S. District Court Judge James Peterson to 15 years in federal prison for possessing a firearm as a convicted felon.

Jennings was arrested on August 22, 2015 in Hudson, after police received a report of Jennings pointing a firearm at another individual. Jennings left the scene of the incident and was stopped in a vehicle a short distance away. Hudson police officers found the gun, a Ruger .22 caliber handgun, which had been thrown from the vehicle just before it was stopped by police.

Judge Peterson told Jennings that the 15-year sentence was warranted based on his long history of criminal offenses involving violence, as well as the nature of his possession of the gun in the offense. Peterson noted that the victim had to be shaken by the experience of having a loaded handgun pointed at his head.

Judge Peterson found that Jennings qualified for the minimum mandatory 15-year sentence as an armed career criminal by virtue of at least three prior convictions for violent felonies in the State of Minnesota.

The charge against Jennings was the result of an investigation conducted by the Hudson Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. The prosecution of this case has been handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert A. Anderson.


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