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Department of Justice

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

For Immediate Release

Wednesday, August 19, 2015
John W. Vaudreuil
, United States Attorney
Contact: Meredith Duchemin

Warrens Man Sentenced To 42 Months for Illegally Possessing Ammunition

MADISON, WIS. -- John W. Vaudreuil, United States Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin, announced that Lucas Stewart, 26, Warrens, Wis., was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge James D. Peterson to 42 months in federal prison for possessing ammunition as a felon. Stewart pleaded guilty to the charge on April 10, 2015.

At sentencing, Judge Peterson found that defendant’s relevant conduct in the case also included his possession of eight firearms that were recovered on November 2, 2014, from a safe in Stewart’s bedroom. Federal law prohibits individuals who have been convicted of a felony from possessing firearms or ammunition.

On November 1, 2014, a retail store in Tomah reported to law enforcement a theft of ammunition. Video surveillance revealed that Stewart obtained three boxes of ammunition from the ammunition counter, took into the full boxes into the bathroom, and then came out of the bathroom without the boxes. The empty boxes of ammunition were later recovered by store personnel in the bathroom.

At the time of this offense, Stewart was on probation following a 2014 state conviction for being a felon in possession of a firearm.

The charge against Stewart was the result of an investigation conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Tomah Police Department. The prosecution of the case has been handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney Meredith P. Duchemin.

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