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Department of Justice

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

For Immediate Release

Friday, October 6, 2017
Jeffrey M. Anderson
, United States Attorney
Contact: Robert Anderson

Madison Man Sentenced to Five Years for Illegally Possessing Firearm

MADISON, WIS. -- Jeffrey M. Anderson, Acting United States Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin, announced that William D. Flowers, 26, Madison, Wis., was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge William Conley to five years in federal prison for possessing a firearm as a convicted felon.  His prison sentence will be followed by three years of supervised release.  Flowers pleaded guilty to this charge on July 25.


Flowers was arrested by Madison police officers on March 13, 2017, based on an investigation of his sale of heroin on numerous occasions in January and February 2017.  When Flowers was taken into custody, a loaded 9 millimeter handgun was found in the waistband of his pants.  Flowers had previously been convicted of two separate felony offenses in Dane County. 


In sentencing Flowers, Judge Conley took into account his sales of heroin documented by law enforcement, as well as Flowers’ long history of acts of violence and dangerous behavior, which all present a danger to the public.


The charges against Flowers were the result of an investigation conducted by the Dane County Narcotics Task Force, Madison Police Department, and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.  The prosecution of the case has been handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert A. Anderson.


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