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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

Western District of Wisconsin

For Immediate Release

October 20, 2011

John W. Vaudreuil, United States Attorney

Contact: Rita M. Rumbelow, Public Information Officer
(608) 264-5158

Madison Man Sentenced for Receiving a Firearm While Awaiting Trial for a State Felony Crime

Madison, Wis. — John W. Vaudreuil, United States Attorney for the Western
District of Wisconsin, announced that Carmelo Salgado–Lopez, 20, Madison, Wis., was sentenced today by Chief U.S. District Judge William M. Conley to 21 months in prison without the possibility of parole for receiving a firearm while charged in state court with a felony. Salgado–Lopez pleaded guilty to this charge on July 21, 2011.

Federal law prohibits persons awaiting trial on a felony charge from possessing a firearm. On August 7, 2010, while charged in Dane County Circuit Court with burglary, Salgado-Lopez received a 9mm pistol. On September 3, 2010, Salgado-Lopez had the loaded 9 mm handgun in his car. Salgado-Lopez and a friend were driving near West High school, when the friend took the 9mm pistol from Salgado-Lopez and brandished it at others.

The charges against Salgado-Lopez were the result of an investigation conducted by the Madison Police Department and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. The prosecution of the case has been handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney Rita M. Rumbelow.