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Ashland Felon Sentenced to One Year for Possessing Firearm

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

MADISON, WIS. - Scott C. Blader, United States Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin, announced that Jeremy Strobel, 42, Ashland, Wisconsin, was sentenced on December 20, 2019, by U.S. District Judge James Peterson to one year in prison for possessing a firearm as a felon.   Strobel pleaded guilty this charge on September 9, 2019.

On April 20, 2019, Ashland police found Strobel passed out in the driver’s seat of a car with a .38 caliber snub nose revolver next to him.  In the vehicle, officers located empty baggies, empty vials, and $700 in cash.  Officers also saw a bag of methamphetamine on his thigh which Strobel then appeared to swallow.  Messages were found on Strobel’s phone that suggested he was dealing drugs.

Strobel has a lengthy criminal history starting in 1995 when he was 18 years old, has been on supervision more than 20 times, and has been revoked on many occasions due to rule violations and criminal offenses.  Approximately three months before being caught with the gun in this case, he was revoked and sentenced to one year in prison but with extensive sentence credit was release soon thereafter.

At sentencing, Judge Peterson said that Henke had one of the longest criminal histories that he has seen and that protecting the public was his primary goal.  Strobel is currently serving a six-year state prison sentence.  Judge Peterson found that because Strobel was a danger to the community, additional punishment was warranted.  Judge Peterson ordered the one-year federal sentence to run consecutive to the state prison term.

The charge against Strobel was the result of an investigation conducted by the Ashland Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.  The prosecution of the case has been handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney Corey Stephan.

This case has been brought as part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), the U.S. Justice Department’s program to reduce violent crime.  The PSN approach involves collaboration by federal, state and local law enforcement agencies, prosecutors and communities to prevent and deter gun violence.

Updated January 6, 2020

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