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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Keshena Men Indicted for Firearm Offenses on Menominee Indian Reservation

United States Attorney Matthew D. Krueger announced that on May 15, 2018, a federal grand jury returned a two-count indictment against two men allegedly involved in firearms offenses on the Menominee Indian Reservation. The indictment charges Jeremy Fish (age: 33) and Bobby Joe Sanapaw (age: 32), both from Keshena. Count One charges Fish with Felon in Possession of Firearms in violation of Title 18, United States Code 922(g). Count Two charges Fish and Sanapaw with Possession of a Short-Barreled Shotgun in violation of Title 26, United States Code, Section 5681. As to each count, the defendants face a maximum of 10 years’ imprisonment, up to a $250,000 fine, and up to 3 years of supervised release.

According to the indictment, on or about July 12, 2017, Fish and Sanapaw possessed firearms, one of which was a short-barreled shotgun. The incident occurred at a residence in Keshena.

This case is being prosecuted as part of the Project Safe Neighborhood initiative.  Project Safe Neighborhoods is a federal, state, and local law enforcement collaboration to identify, investigate, and prosecute individuals responsible for violent crimes in our neighborhoods. Project Safe Neighborhoods’ strategy brings together all levels of law enforcement and community resources to reduce violent crime and improve the quality of life in all our neighborhoods.

The Menominee Tribal Police Department and Federal Bureau of Investigation 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 defendants are presumed innocent and are entitled to a fair trial at which the government must prove their guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

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For additional information contact:

Public Information Officer Dean Puschnig at 414 297-1700

Updated May 30, 2018