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Department of Justice

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

For Immediate Release

Wednesday, August 15, 2018
Scott C. Blader
, United States Attorney
Contact: Corey Stephan

Madison Man Sentenced to 2 Years for Gun Crime

MADISON, WIS. -- Scott C. Blader, United States Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin, announced that Dominique Gaunichaux, 21, Madison, Wisconsin, was sentenced yesterday by U.S. District Judge William Conley to two years in federal prison, followed by a three-year term of supervised release, for being a felon in possession of a firearm.   Gaunichaux pleaded guilty to this charge on May 9, 2018.


On November 8, 2017, Madison police officers contacted Gaunichaux in the parking lot of a gas station and saw a 9mm handgun sticking out of his coat pocket.  The gun was loaded with 16 rounds of ammunition.  Gaunichaux was on federal supervision for a felony conviction of passing counterfeit currency at the time of his arrest.


In sentencing Gaunichaux, Judge Conley noted his failure to take advantage of the opportunities to better himself while on federal supervision, remarking, “Instead you are back before me with a loaded firearm.” 


In addition to the two years on the gun charge, Judge Conley revoked Gaunichaux’s supervised release and sentenced him to a consecutive 10 months prison on the prior counterfeiting case.


The charges against Gaunichaux were 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 was brought as part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program that has been historically successful in bringing together all levels of law enforcement to reduce violent crime and make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has made turning the tide of rising violent crime in America a top priority. In October 2017, as part of a series of actions to address this crime trend, Attorney General Sessions announced the reinvigoration of PSN and directed all U.S. Attorney’s Offices to develop a district crime reduction strategy that incorporates the lessons learned since PSN launched in 2001.


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