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Appleton Man Sentenced to Ten Years in Federal Prison for Possessing Firearms Stolen from Oshkosh Gun Shop

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 July 12, 2016, Cory M. Yant (age: 35) of Appleton, Wisconsin, was sentenced to 10 years in federal prison for being a felon in possession of a firearm.

A federal grand jury had indicted Yant for offenses related to the May 25, 2015, break-in and burglary of Jon’s Gun Shop in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.  According to court filings, Yant and his codefendants stole and then sold on the street 11 semi-automatic firearms, several of which ended up in the hands of convicted felons.

In pronouncing sentence, Chief United States District Court Judge William C. Griesbach agreed that the maximum sentence of 10 years was warranted based on Yant’s conduct and history.  Chief Judge Griesbach also determined that in light of Yant’s lengthy criminal record and unrepentant demeanor, his 10-year federal prison sentence will commence only after Yant has finished serving a 4-year state prison sentence for crimes committed in Calumet, Outagamie, and Brown Counties.

The case was investigated by the United States Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) and the Winnebago County Sheriff’s Office. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Daniel R. Humble.

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Updated July 13, 2016