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Milwaukee Man Sentenced for Illegal Firearms Possession In Winnebago County

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 Nicholas O. Nelson (age: 36), of Milwaukee, was sentenced to 60 months in prison, followed by 36 months on supervised release, for the illegal possession of a firearm.

The investigation revealed that on February 26, 2017, Nelson possessed a loaded .40 caliber semiautomatic handgun while in a vehicle in the Village of Fox Crossing. Previous felony convictions prohibited Nelson from possessing a firearm. A routine records check on the firearm showed it was reported stolen from a location in the City of Milwaukee. After a 2-day trial in July 2019, a jury in federal court in Green Bay returned a verdict of guilty.

IIn sentencing Nelson, Chief Judge Griesbach noted the serious nature of the offense, and that previous attempts to intervene in Nelson’s criminal activity had failed. Chief Judge Griesbach also cited the need to deter others who might consider similar actions despite legal prohibitions against possessing firearms.

Fox Crossing Police Department investigated the case with assistance from the Wisconsin State Crime Laboratory. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Andrew J. Maier and Benjamin P. Taibleson.


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Updated September 30, 2019