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Menominee Man Receives 4-year Prison Sentence for Aggravated Assault and Illegal Firearms Possession On Menominee Indian Reservation

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

Matthew D. Krueger, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Wisconsin, announced that Jeremy Nunway (age: 40), a former resident of the Menominee Indian Reservation, received a sentence in separate cases in United States District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin in Green Bay. Nunway, an enrolled member of the Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin, pleaded guilty on September 25, 2019, to Possession of a Firearm by a Prohibited Person, and Domestic Assault by Strangulation. At a hearing on December 5, 2019, United States District Judge William C. Griesbach imposed a total sentence of 48 months in prison, followed by 36 months on supervised release.

The investigation revealed that on October 9, 2018. Nunway possessed a loaded SKS 7.62x39mm rifle, which was in the defendant’s residence in a remote area of the Menominee Indian Reservation. A previous felony conviction prohibited Nunway from possession of a firearm. Officers with the Menominee Tribal Police Department and Menominee Conservation Department discovered the rifle while investigating a domestic violence incident involving Nunway and a Menominee woman.

On April 17, 2019, Nunway strangled and assaulted the same woman, with whom he was involved in a domestic relationship, while at a residence in Middle Village, which is on the Menominee Indian Reservation. The woman sustained injuries during the incident that required medical attention.

In sentencing Nunway, Judge Griesbach observed that in both incidents Nunway engaged in violent offenses, where Nunway was “abusive and brutal to others,” which required punishment.  Judge Griesbach also observed the need to deter others who might consider engaging in violence against women, or in similar actions despite legal prohibitions against possessing firearms.

The Menominee Tribal Police Department and Federal Bureau of Investigation investigated the case. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Andrew J. Maier.

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Updated April 18, 2023