For Immediate Release
Madison Felon Sentenced to 48 Months for Illegal Gun Possession
MADISON, WIS. – Timothy M. O’Shea, Acting United States Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin, announced that Lucas Anderson, 26, Madison, Wisconsin, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge William Conley to 48 months in federal prison for being a felon in possession of a firearm. Anderson pleaded guilty to this charge on February 23, 2021.
In 2015, Anderson was convicted of the felony crimes of child enticement, intentionally contributing to the delinquency of a minor, second degree reckless endangering safety, and resisting an officer causing bodily harm. He was sentenced to five years in state prison along with probation and extended supervision. Anderson was released from prison in 2018.
On April 29, 2021, Anderson was a passenger in a vehicle involved in a cocaine transaction. On May 1, 2020, Anderson delivered a small amount of cocaine to another person. As a result of that drug investigation, on August 17, 2020, police arrested Anderson and found $2,627 in his pocket and a loaded .40 caliber Glock pistol with extended magazine in the glovebox of the car he was driving. At the time Anderson was still on state supervision.
At sentencing, Judge Conley noted that at a young age Anderson became involved in gang activity, his criminal behavior continued into adulthood, and that he had many violations of supervision after release from prison. Judge Conley found that the goal of sentencing was to protect the community and ordered that the federal sentence would run concurrent with the remainder of a state revocation involving the same conduct. Anderson was also ordered to serve 3 years of supervised release.
The charge against Anderson was the 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 Corey Stephan.
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.