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Milwaukee Man Sentenced to Federal Prison for Possessing a Loaded Firearm While Trafficking Drugs

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

Matthew D. Krueger, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Wisconsin, announced that on Friday, August 7, 2020 James K. Nicksion (age 24) of Milwaukee was sentenced by the Honorable Judge Lynn Adelman to 60 months’ imprisonment. Once released, Nicksion will serve a three-year term of supervised release.

According to court records, Nicksion ran from police officers during a traffic stop. Inside the car, police found a 9mm semi-automatic pistol carrying an extended magazine. The gun was loaded with 30 rounds of ammunition. Police also found roughly five grams of crack cocaine and a scale. Nicksion had previously been convicted of dealing marijuana and bail jumping.

This case was 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.

This case is also part of Project Guardian, the Department of Justice’s signature initiative to reduce gun violence and enforce federal firearms laws.

 Initiated by the Attorney General in the fall of 2019, Project Guardian draws upon the Department’s past successful programs to reduce gun violence; enhances coordination of federal, state, local, and tribal authorities in investigating and prosecuting gun crimes; improves information-sharing by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives when a prohibited individual attempts to purchase a firearm and is denied by the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS), to include taking appropriate actions when a prospective purchaser is denied by the NICS for mental health reasons; and ensures that federal resources are directed at the criminals posing the greatest threat to our communities. For more information about Project Guardian, please see

The Milwaukee Police Department and Federal Bureau of Investigation investigated the case, with assistance from the Drug Enforcement Administration and Shawano County Sheriff’s Office. Assistant United States Attorney Farris Martini prosecuted the case.

The year 2020 marks the 150th anniversary of the Department of Justice. Learn more about the history of our agency at



For further information contact: Public Information Officer Kenneth Gales                        

(414) 297-1700


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Updated August 11, 2020