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

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Six-Time Felon Convicted of Possessing a Firearm in Milwaukee

Gregory J. Haanstad, the United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Wisconsin, announced that on January 16, 2018, a jury found Adrian Harper (age 39), of Milwaukee, guilty of illegally possessing a firearm as a convicted felon.


On July 3, 2017, Harper was found in possession of a fully loaded Smith & Wesson M&P9 Shield 9mm pistol.  Harper had been previously convicted of five felonies in cases that stretch back to the early 1990s.  Most recently, in 2010, Harper was convicted in federal court of possession of a firearm while shooting a gun into the air with a crowd of people nearby.


On April 13, 2018, Judge Adelman is scheduled to sentence Harper for his most recent unlawful possession of a firearm.  Harper faces a maximum term of imprisonment of ten years, a maximum term of supervised release of three years, and a maximum fine of $250,000.


 The case was investigated by the Milwaukee Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives and prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Keith Alexander and Benjamin Taibleson.


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Acting Public Information Officer Elizabeth Makowski, 414-297-1700  

Updated January 24, 2018