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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, November 7, 2014

Elmwood Felon Sentenced To 6 Years For Possessing Sawed-Off Shotgun

MADISON, WIS. --John W. Vaudreuil, United States Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin, announced that Tony Hurlburt, 24, of Elmwood, Wis., was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge James Peterson to 72 months in prison for being a felon in possession of a sawed-off shotgun.  Hurlburt pleaded guilty to this charge on August 19, 2014. 

This federal prison term is to run consecutively to a four-year prison term Hurlburt received in Lincoln County and will be followed by three years of supervised release.

After failing to appear in Lincoln County Circuit Court to be sentenced on two burglary counts in January 2014, Hurlburt was a fugitive for approximately two months.  During that time, Hurlburt obtained a gun and sawed it off to make it easier to conceal.  When arrested in Elmwood, Hurlburt was in possession of the gun, along with a small amount of methamphetamine.

Judge Peterson expressed concern regarding Hurlburt’s pattern of committing crimes with guns and said a long sentence was necessary to protect the public.

The charge against Hurlburt was the result of an investigation conducted by the Menomonie Police Department, Pierce County Sheriff’s Office, and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.  The prosecution of the case has been handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney Elizabeth Altman.

Updated July 14, 2015