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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

Western District of Wisconsin

For Immediate Release

June 7, 2013

John W. Vaudreuil, United States Attorney

CONTACT: Rita M. Rumbelow
PHONE: (608) 264-5158
TTY: (608) 264-5006

Madison Man Sentenced to Five Years for Gun Crime

MADISON, WIS. — John W. Vaudreuil, United States Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin, announced that Craig Cunningham, 31, Madison, Wis., was sentenced today by Chief U.S. District Judge William M. Conley to five years in prison, to be followed by a three-year term of supervised release, for unlawfully possessing a firearm and ammunition as a convicted felon. Cunningham pleaded guilty to this charge on April 9, 2013.

On January 9, 2013, a Madison woman called 911 to report a man threatening her with a gun at her apartment door. She provided her address and when police arrived, they saw Cunningham discharge a firearm. When Cunningham saw the police, he fled and threw the handgun in the snow.

Officers recovered the handgun and spent shell casings outside the apartment door. The firearm was traced and the purchaser said Cunningham must have stolen it from her when he was at her house partying.

The indictment also alleges that Small filed additional false pleadings in federal court to further the Marine Process scheme via the U.S. Mail.

Cunningham has a prior felony conviction for false imprisonment and he has numerous misdemeanor convictions for battery; resisting/obstructing an officer; criminal damage to property; and criminal trespass.

The charge against Cunningham is the result of an investigation 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.