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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Eastern District of Wisconsin

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Appleton Man Indicted for Armed Bank Robbery and Firearms Offenses

Matthew D. Krueger, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Wisconsin, announced that on April 16, 2019, a federal grand jury returned a three-count indictment charging Xengxai Yang (age: 19) of Appleton with armed robbery.

Count One of the indictment charges Yang with Armed Bank Robbery in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 2113(d). If convicted, Yang faces a maximum of 25 years in prison, up to a $250,000 fine, and up to 3 years of supervised release. Count Two charges Yang with Use of a Short-barreled Firearm During and in Relation to a Crime of Violence in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 924(c). If convicted, Yang faces up to a $250,000 fine, up to 5 years of supervised release, and up to life in prison, with a 10-year mandatory minimum sentence that must be consecutive to any other sentence. Count Three charges Yang with Possession of a Short-barreled Rifle in violation of 26 U.S.C. § 5861(d). If convicted, Yang faces a maximum of 10 years in prison, up to 3 years of supervised release, and up to a $250,000 fine.

According to the indictment, on or about March 15, 2019, the defendant forcefully took money from a federally insured credit union in Appleton and assaulted persons within the facility by the use of a dangerous weapon while committing the robbery. The weapon was a rifle with a barrel less than 16 inches in length.

The Appleton Police Department investigated the case. It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Andrew J. Maier.

An indictment is only a charge and not evidence of guilt. The defendant is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial at which the government must prove his guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

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Updated April 17, 2019