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Appleton Felon Sentenced to 5 Years in Prison for Firearm Possession

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of Wisconsin

Gregory J. Haanstad, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Wisconsin, announced that on March 24, 2016, Kong Vang (age: 21) of Appleton, Wisconsin, was sentenced to 60 months in federal prison by Chief United States District Judge William C. Griesbach. Vang previously entered a guilty plea to an indictment charging him with being a felon in possession of a firearm.

On May 25, 2015, a Federal Firearms Licensed dealer in Oshkosh was burglarized and eleven firearms were stolen. Vang agreed to sell several of the firearms on behalf of the burglars in exchange for money or drugs. In pronouncing sentence, Chief Judge Griesbach noted the very serious nature of the offense, the number of stolen firearms involved, the defendant’s sale of firearms to individuals prohibited from purchasing them legally, and the defendant’s prior criminal history for drug dealing.           

The case was investigated by the Lake Winnebago Area Metropolitan Enforcement Group and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Daniel R. Humble.

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Updated March 25, 2016