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Department of Justice

U.S. Attorney's Office
Western District of Wisconsin
Timothy M. O’Shea, United States Attorney
For Immediate Release
Wednesday, April 10, 2024

Janesville Man Sentenced to 7 Years for Possessing a Firearm as a Felon

MADISON, WIS. – Timothy M. O’Shea, United States Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin, announced that Kyle Richards, 35, Janesville, Wisconsin, was sentenced today by Chief U.S. District Judge James D. Peterson to 7 years in federal prison for possessing a firearm as a felon. This prison term will be followed by a 3-year term of supervised release. Richards pleaded guilty to this charge on January 18, 2024.

On May 4, 2023, officers with the Janesville Police Department executed a search warrant at Richard’s apartment in Janesville, as part of an on-going drug investigation. In the living room, officers found cocaine, drug scales, and tools for cooking crack cocaine. Inside a bathroom closet, officers located four firearms and ammunition.  In addition, on Richards’s phone, officers found a video showing Richards with several firearms inside of that same bathroom.

Richards is prohibited from legally possessing a firearm as a result of several felony convictions, including a 2015 conviction for possessing a firearm as a felon. Richards was on state supervision for that conviction at the time of the conduct in this case. The sentence imposed in this case will run concurrently with a five-year prison sentence Richards received for violating that supervision.

At sentencing, Judge Peterson noted that Richards’s drug distribution undercut any suggestion that he was merely an addict supporting an addiction. Judge Peterson also noted how the combination of drugs and firearms created a risk of violence.

The charge against Richards was the result of an investigation conducted by the Janesville Police Department, Wisconsin Department of Justice Division of Criminal Investigation, and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. The prosecution of this case has been handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney Taylor L. Kraus.

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