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

Friday, February 8, 2019

Menominee Men Indicted for Firearm Offenses on Menominee Indian Reservation

Matthew D. Krueger, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Wisconsin, announced that on February 5, 2019, a federal grand jury returned a one-count indictment against two men allegedly involved in a firearms offense in the Menominee Indian Reservation. The indictment named Tony A. Fish, Jr. (age: 38) of Zoar and Robert S. Bear (age: 38) of Neopit. The indictment charged both Fish and Bear with being a Felon in Possession of a Firearm, in violation of 18 U.S.C. 922(g). If convicted, each defendant faces 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 January 6, 2018, while at a residence in the Village of Zoar, Fish and Bear possessed a .30-06 rifle. Both defendants were prohibited from possession of firearms at the time of the incident.

This case is being prosecuted as part of the Project Safe Neighborhoods 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 investigated the case, with assistance from the Menominee County Sheriff’s Office and Federal Bureau of Investigation. 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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Updated February 8, 2019