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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

Western District of Wisconsin

For Immediate Release

November 4, 2011

John W. Vaudreuil, United States Attorney

Contact: Meredith P. Duchemin, Public Information Officer
(608) 264-5158

Beloit Man Sentenced for Illegally Possessing a Firearm

Madison, Wis. — John W. Vaudreuil, United States Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin, announced that Robert Tucker, 25, of Beloit, Wis., was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge William M. Conley to two years in federal prison for possessing a firearm after having previously been convicted of a felony offense. Tucker pleaded guilty to the charge on August 4, 2011.

On June 22, 2010, Beloit police officers responded to an area based on citizen complaints about drug trafficking in a particular driveway. The individuals in the driveway at the time the police responded, including Robert Tucker, fled the scene. Officers searched the vehicle in the driveway and recovered marijuana packaged for resale, a scale, and a loaded .45 handgun. The vehicle also contained Tucker's identification card and cellular telephone.

Tucker has a 2007 felony conviction for possession of marijuana and a 2010 felony conviction for possession with intent to distribute marijuana. Under federal law, individuals who have convictions for felony offenses cannot possess firearms.

At the sentencing, the Court noted that, in addition to the drug crimes, Tucker had a long history of violence and had remained undeterred by numerous other criminal sanctions and penalties.

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