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Department of Justice

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

For Immediate Release

Wednesday, October 17, 2018
Scott C. Blader
, United States Attorney
Contact: AUSA Assigned to Case

Indictment Charging Eau Claire Man With Gun Crime Returned by Grand Jury

 

MADISON, WIS. -- A federal grand jury in the Western District of Wisconsin, sitting in Madison, returned the following indictment today. You are advised that a charge is merely an accusation and that a defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

Michael A. Raskie, Jr., 36, Eau Claire, Wisconsin, is charged with being a felon in possession of two firearms. The indictment alleges that on September 22, 2018, he possessed a .45 caliber handgun and a 5.56 mm rifle.

If convicted, Raskie faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in federal prison. The charge against him is the result of an investigation by the Eau Claire Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. The prosecution of this case is being handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney Rita Rumbelow.

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 emphasizes coordination between state and federal prosecutors and all levels of law enforcement to address gun crime, especially felons illegally possessing firearms and ammunition and violent and drug crimes that involve the use of firearms.

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