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

For Immediate Release

Thursday, July 23, 2020
Contact: Public Information Officer Kenneth Gales

Omro Man Sentenced to Federal Prison for Possessing Two Firearms as Convicted Felon, Including a Loaded Handgun Obtained in Trade for Methamphetamine

United States Attorney Matthew D. Krueger of the Eastern District of Wisconsin, announced that on July 22, 2020, U.S. District Judge William C. Griesbach sentenced Colin H. Coffin (age: 26) to five years’ imprisonment and three years’ supervised release after Coffin pled guilty to two counts of Possessing a Firearm as a Convicted Felon, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 922(g)(1).

On September 8, 2019, Oshkosh Police Officers found Coffin passed out in his vehicle, which was parked illegally on a city street. Investigation revealed that Coffin was in possession of drug paraphernalia related to his methamphetamine use, and a 12-gauge shotgun with an obliterated serial number. Coffin had been previously convicted of multiple felonies and served time in state prison.

Then, on November 9, 2019—while on bail from the shotgun incident—Grand Chute Police Officers arrested Coffin for lying about his identity during a traffic stop. A search revealed that Coffin was carrying a loaded 9-mm handgun in his waistband. He admitted trading methamphetamine for the handgun, saying that he needed it for protection. Possessing a firearm as a convicted felon is a felony punishable by up to ten years’ imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, and three years’ supervised release.

This case was investigated by the Oshkosh Police Department, Grand Chute Police Department, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

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