For Immediate Release
Madison Felon Sentenced to 6 Years for Possessing a Firearm
MADISON, WIS. – Timothy M. O’Shea, United States Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin, announced that Donquil D. McLemore, 20, Madison, Wisconsin was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge William M. Conley to 6 years in federal prison for possessing a firearm as a felon. McLemore’s sentence will be followed by 3 years of supervision. McLemore pleaded guilty to this charge on February 17, 2023.
On June 30, 2022, McLemore was a passenger in a stolen car in Madison when he and the other two occupants of the car crashed into a truck with a trailer. McLemore and the other occupants of the car battered the two individuals inside the truck. Then, while fleeing the scene, McLemore and the others drove past the truck and one of the occupants pointed a gun and fired a shot at the victims.
The car crashed a few miles from the scene where the shot was fired, and McLemore fled the crash site and was arrested at a nearby lot. He was found in possession of a loaded.380 caliber handgun. McLemore’s DNA was later found on the handgun.
McLemore was prohibited from possessing a firearm based on five prior felony convictions. At the time of this incident, McLemore was on state probation for three separate cases. He was also out on bond on two pending state criminal cases.
At sentencing, Judge Conley noted that McLemore was a young defendant with a disturbing history as a juvenile. He stated that McLemore’s gun possession was “especially concerning because of his history of past violence.” The Court highlighted McLemore’s “unrelenting criminality,” concluding that the protection of the public was a driver of the sentence. Finally, Judge Conley commented that McLemore had “traveled an extremely destructive path” and determined that a lengthy prison sentence was warranted.
Roland J. Scott III, one of the other occupants in the stolen car, was sentenced by Judge Conley to 8 years in prison on May 18, 2023, for possessing with intent to distribute 40 grams or more of fentanyl and maintaining a drug trafficking place. Scott was sentenced for conduct related to this investigation as well as additional crimes not connected to McLemore.
The charge against McLemore was the result of an investigation conducted by the Madison Police Department, the Dane County Narcotics Task Force, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. The Dane County District Attorney’s Office also provided assistance in the case. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Steven P. Anderson and Kathryn E. Ginsberg prosecuted this case.
This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and gun violence, and to make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. On May 26, 2021, the Department launched a violent crime reduction strategy strengthening PSN based on these core principles: fostering trust and legitimacy in our communities, supporting community-based organizations that help prevent violence from occurring in the first place, setting focused and strategic enforcement priorities, and measuring the results.