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Grand Jury Returns Indictments

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

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.

Two Dane County Residents Charged With False Statements During Purchase of Firearms

Taylor A. Kratochwill-Loomis, 21, DeForest, Wisconsin, is charged with 2 counts of making false statements on Firearms Transaction Record forms required by federal law during the purchase of a firearm, when attempting to purchase a 9mm pistol from two federally licensed firearms dealers in November 2021.  The indictment alleges that she indicated she was the actual buyer of the firearms on the forms, but in fact she was attempting to purchase the firearms for Deontrae C. McIntosh.  Making such false statements during the purchase of a firearm is commonly known as a “straw purchase.”

McIntosh, 18, Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, is charged with 2 counts of causing Kratochwill-Loomis to falsely state on the Firearms Transaction Record forms that she was the actual buyer of the firearms. 

If convicted, Kratochwill-Loomis and McIntosh face a maximum penalty of 5 years in federal prison on each count.  The charges against them are the result of an investigation by the Sun Prairie Police Department and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.  U.S. Attorney Timothy M. O’Shea is handling the prosecution. 

Man Charged with Escape

William L. Paul, 41, is charged with escape.  The indictment alleges that on April 29, 2022, Paul failed to report to the Rock Valley Community Programs Center in Janesville, Wisconsin, as designated by virtue of a conviction for a felony offense in the Northern District of Illinois.  Paul was arrested in Orlando, Florida yesterday.

If convicted, Paul faces a maximum penalty of 5 years in federal prison.  The charge against him is the result of an investigation by the U.S. Marshals Service, with the assistance of the Orlando, Florida Police Department.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Chadwick Elgersma is handling the prosecution.

Updated August 3, 2022

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