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marshall man sentenced to 30 months for gun crime

September 4, 2012

Madison, Wis. - John W. Vaudreuil, United States Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin, announced that William J. Ryan, 44, Marshall, Wis., was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge William M. Conley to 30 months in federal prison for possession of firearms by a prohibited person. Ryan pleaded guilty to this charge on June 18, 2012.

On November 22, 2010, the defendant was present in Dane County Circuit Court when Judge William Hanrahan issued a Domestic Abuse Injunction /Order of Protection against Ryan. The order stated that the defendant was prohibited from possessing a firearm until the expiration of the injunction, which was November 22, 2014.

On October 28, 2011, the defendant’s girlfriend contacted State of Wisconsin Probation and Parole and stated that the defendant had a large number of firearms in their home. That same day, Wisconsin Probation and Parole agents conducted a search of the defendant’s home and found 54 firearms and approximately 25,000 rounds of ammunition.

At the time of this offense, Ryan was on probation for intentionally pointing a firearm at his girlfriend's head. At sentencing, Judge Conley stated that the defendant was a danger to the community and was troubled by the defendant's history of violence toward women.

The charges against Ryan were the result of an investigation conducted by State of Wisconsin Probation and Parole, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and Dane County Sheriff's Department. The prosecution of the case has been handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney David J. Reinhard.


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