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Department of Justice

U.S. Attorney's Office
Eastern District of Wisconsin
Gregory J. Haanstad, United States Attorney
For Immediate Release
Friday, December 15, 2023

Oshkosh Felon Convicted at Trial on Firearm Charge

MILWAUKEE — Gregory J. Haanstad, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Wisconsin, announced that on Dec. 14, Douglas T. Murphy, 35, of Oshkosh, Wisconsin, was found guilty following a jury trial in federal court in Green Bay, Wisconsin, of being a felon in possession of a firearm, in violation of Title 18, U.S. Code, Section 922(g)(1).

According to court documents, on the evening of June 4 and into the early morning hours of June 5, 2023, Murphy repeatedly pointed a Cobra .380 caliber handgun at several children inside a residence located in downtown Oshkosh. Murphy also used the firearm to “pistol whip” the mother of the children, causing an open wound on her scalp. A 911 call from the children led to an almost six-hour standoff with law enforcement. At around 6 a.m., the Oshkosh Police Department SWAT Team entered the residence and arrested Murphy. The loaded firearm was located in close proximity to Murphy at the time of his arrest. 

Murphy has prior felony convictions in Waukesha, Manitowoc and Winnebago counties.

Murphy faces up to a 15-year term in federal prison when he is sentenced by Senior U.S. District Judge William C. Griesbach in March 2024. Murphy will remain in custody pending that hearing.   

The case was investigated by the Oshkosh Police Department with the assistance of the Winnebago County Sheriff’s Office and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. It is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Michael Schindhelm and Daniel R. Humble.


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