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Final Sentencing in Madison Gunshop Burglary

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 26, 2011

Madison, Wis. - John W. Vaudreuil, United States Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin, announced that Antonio Parker, 20, Chicago, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Barbara B. Crabb to 40 months in prison, without the possibility of parole, for stealing 20 firearms from Grampa’s Gun Shop, 1374 Williamson Street, Madison, on March 13, 2010. Parker pleaded guilty to this charge on April 28, 2011.

The owner of Grampa’s Gun Shop placed a 911 call on March 13 after co-defendant Darren Richardson and a juvenile accomplice forcibly entered his business and forced him into a bathroom. Richardson bound the owner’s ankles and wrists with duct tape and made verbal threats. Another co-defendant, Daniel Barlow, acted as the getaway driver, with Parker in the car as a passenger. Parker used his cell phone to communicate with Richardson and the juvenile accomplice while they were in Grampa’s. Parker and Richardson also took most of the stolen guns back to Chicago, with the exception of those that were given to co-defendants for their help.

One of the stolen firearms has been recovered in Minnesota and seven have been recovered in the Chicago area.

On December 28, 2011, Richardson was sentenced to 46 months in prison. On January 13, 2011, Barlow was sentenced to 40 months in prison. Three juvenile accomplices have been charged in Dane County Circuit Court.

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

 

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