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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, November 17, 2021

Grand Jury Returns Indictments

MADISON, WIS. - A federal grand jury in the Western District of Wisconsin, sitting in Madison, returned the following indictments today.  You are advised that a charge is merely an accusation and that a defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

Wisconsin Rapids Man Charged with Producing Child Pornography

Timothy P. McDowell, 39, Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin, is charged with 3 counts of producing child pornography.  The indictment alleges that McDowell used a cellular phone to produce a visual depiction of a minor engaged in sexually explicit conduct on April 24, June 20, and September 23, 2021. 

If convicted, McDowell faces a mandatory minimum penalty of 15 years and a maximum of 30 years in federal prison on each count.  The charges against him are the result of an investigation by the Wisconsin Department of Justice Division of Criminal Investigation and the Wood County Sheriff’s Office.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Elizabeth Altman is handling the prosecution.

Superior Resident Charged with Attempted Bank Robbery & Gun Crimes

Cody Walker-Nelson, 30, Superior, Wisconsin, is charged with attempting to rob a bank, brandishing a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence, and being a felon in possession of firearms.  The indictment alleges that he attempted to rob the Associated Bank in Superior on October 1, 2021 and that he brandished a firearm during the attempt.  The indictment further alleges that on that day, he possessed 3 handguns, 3 rifles, and a shotgun.

If convicted, Walker-Nelson faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in federal prison on the attempted bank robbery charge, and a mandatory minimum penalty of 7 years on the charge of brandishing a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence.  Federal law requires that any penalty imposed on the charge of brandishing a firearm during a crime of violence be served consecutive to any other penalty imposed.  The felon in possession of firearms charge has a maximum penalty of 10 years in federal prison. 

The charges against Walker-Nelson are the result of an investigation by the Superior Police Department, Duluth Police Department, Federal Bureau of Investigation, and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Corey Stephan is handling the prosecution. 

Madison Man Charged with Drug & Gun Crimes

Jerid Hinz, 30, Madison, Wisconsin, is charged with 3 counts of distributing methamphetamine, with possessing 50 grams or more of methamphetamine with the intent to distribute, and with being a felon in possession of firearms.  The indictment alleges that he distributed methamphetamine on July 13, July 26, and August 9, 2021, and that on August 11, 2021, he possessed 50 grams or more of methamphetamine for distribution.  The indictment also alleges that on August 11, he possessed a shotgun and a rifle.

If convicted, Hinz faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in federal prison on each distribution charge, and a mandatory minimum penalty of 5 years and a maximum of 40 years on the charge involving 50 grams or more of methamphetamine.  The charge of being a felon in possession of firearms has a maximum penalty of 10 years. 

The charges against Hinz are the result of an investigation by the Dane County Narcotics Task Force and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Taylor Kraus is handling the prosecution.

Sun Prairie Man Charged with Drug & Gun Crimes

Carlos Carter, 32, Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, is charged with possessing cocaine with the intent to distribute and with possessing loaded firearms in furtherance of that drug trafficking crime.  The indictment alleges that he possessed cocaine, two 9mm pistols, and a .44 caliber revolver on March 8, 2021.

If convicted, Carter faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in federal prison on the cocaine charge, and a mandatory minimum penalty of 5 years on the gun charge.  Federal law requires that any penalty imposed on the charge of possessing firearms in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime be served consecutive to any other penalty imposed. 

The charges against Carter are the result of an investigation by the Wisconsin Department of Justice Division of Criminal Investigation, Drug Enforcement Administration, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Madison Police Department, and Wisconsin State Patrol.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Chadwick Elgersma is handling the prosecution.

Two Charged with Possessing Methamphetamine for Distribution

Christopher Fernette, 44, Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin, and Dillan Boydston, 39, Waukon, Iowa, are charged with possessing 500 grams or more of methamphetamine with the intent to distribute.  The indictment alleges that they possessed the methamphetamine on April 3, 2021.

If convicted, Fernette and Boydston face a mandatory minimum penalty of 10 years and a maximum of life in federal prison.  The charge against them is the result of an investigation by the Crawford County Sheriff’s Office, Prairie du Chien Police Department, Richland-Iowa-Grant Task Force, Dakota County (Minnesota) Drug Task Force, Wisconsin Department of Justice Division of Criminal Investigation, and Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Chadwick Elgersma is handling the investigation.

Grant County Man Charged with Possessing Methamphetamine for Distribution

Carl Rabe, 44, Boscobel, Wisconsin, is charged with possessing 50 grams or more of methamphetamine with the intent to distribute.  The indictment alleges that he possessed the methamphetamine on October 20, 2021.

If convicted, Rabe faces a mandatory minimum penalty of 5 years and a maximum of 40 years in federal prison.  The charge against him is the result of an investigation by the Crawford County Sheriff’s Office, Prairie du Chien Police Department, Richland-Iowa-Grant Task Force, Dakota County (Minnesota) Drug Task Force, Wisconsin Department of Justice Division of Criminal Investigation, and Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Chadwick Elgersma is handling the prosecution.

Madison Man Charged with Distributing Methamphetamine

Brandon Norton, 31, Madison, Wisconsin, is charged with distributing 500 grams or more of methamphetamine.  The indictment alleges that he distributed the methamphetamine on October 14, 2021. 

If convicted, Norton faces a mandatory minimum penalty of 10 years and a maximum of life in federal prison.  The charge against him is the result of an investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Aaron Wegner is handling the prosecution.

Sun Prairie Man Charged with 2 Counts of Distributing Methamphetamine

Derrick Shelton, 30, Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, is charged with 2 counts of distributing 50 grams or more of methamphetamine.  The indictment alleges that he distributed the methamphetamine on October 4 and 19, 2021.

If convicted, Shelton faces a mandatory minimum penalty of 5 years and a maximum of 40 years in federal prison on each count.  The charges against him are the result of an investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Aaron Wegner is handling the prosecution.

Sun Prairie Man Charged With 3 Counts of Distributing Methamphetamine

Daniel Gibbs, 36, Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, is charged with 3 counts of distributing 50 grams or more of methamphetamine.  The indictment alleges that he distributed the methamphetamine on August 26, September 15, and September 28, 2021.

If convicted, Gibbs faces a mandatory minimum penalty of 5 years and a maximum of 40 years in federal prison on each count.  The charges against him are the result of an investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Aaron Wegner is handling the prosecution.

Madison Man Charged with Distributing Methamphetamine

Charlie Goodwin, 34, Madison, Wisconsin, is charged with distributing 50 grams or more of methamphetamine.  The indictment alleges that he distributed the methamphetamine on August 27, 2021.

If convicted, Goodwin faces a mandatory minimum penalty of 5 years and a maximum of 40 years in federal prison.  The charge against him is the result of an investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Aaron Wegner is handling the prosecution.

Mexican Citizen Charged with Illegally Reentering U.S.

Ismael Isidro Morales-Alonso, 22, a citizen of Mexico found in Darlington, Wisconsin, is charged with illegally reentering the United States after previously being deported and removed.  The indictment alleges that he was found in the United States on October 15, 2021. 

If convicted, Morales-Alonso faces a maximum penalty of 2 years in federal prison.  The charge against him is the result of an investigation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Aaron Wegner is handling the prosecution.

Topic(s): 
Project Safe Childhood
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Drug Trafficking
Updated November 17, 2021