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

Monday, April 11, 2016

Beloit Man Sentenced to 54 Months for Gun Crime

MADISON, WIS. -- John W. Vaudreuil, United States Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin, announced that Llewellyn Sams, 37, of Beloit, Wis., was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge William Conley to 54 months in federal prison for being a felon in possession of a firearm.  Sams pleaded guilty to this charge on January 26, 2016.

The prison term will be served concurrent to the two years Sams has remaining on a state prison sentence he is serving for aggravated battery.  Following his federal prison term, Sams will serve a three-year period of supervised release.

In March and April 2015, Sams sold a gun to an undercover ATF agent on three occasions.   He also sold heroin on one of those occasions. 

In sentencing the defendant, Judge Conley expressed concern about the defendant’s history of violence toward women, as the defendant was involved in four separate domestic abuse incidents prior to his incarceration.  Judge Conley noted that someone with the defendant’s anger issues should be nowhere near firearms.  

The charge against Sams was the result of an investigation conducted by G-ROC, a task force formed through the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Safe Streets Violent Crime Initiative. Its members include the FBI; Rock County Sheriff’s Office; Rock County District Attorney’s Office; Beloit Police Department; and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.  The prosecution of the case has been handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney Elizabeth Altman.

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Updated April 11, 2016