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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Grand Jury Returns Indictments

Madison, Wisconsin -- 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.

SUPERIOR RESIDENT FACES ADDITIONAL CHARGES FOR MAILED THREATS

Gerald Johnsted, 62, Superior, Wis., is charged in a superseding indictment with two counts of sending a written communication by mail which contained a threat to injure an individual and his wife, and two counts of threatening to use a weapon of mass destruction, by causing to be delivered by mail an envelope containing a white powder substance and a written communication threatening to kill specific individuals. The indictment alleges that he sent the threatening communications containing a white powder substance on August 14, 2009 and January 2, 2010.

Johnsted was originally charged in an indictment returned by the grand jury on November 7, 2012, with the two counts of sending threats via the mail.

If convicted, Johnsted faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in federal prison on each count of sending a threatening communication, and five years in federal prison on each count of threatening to use a weapon of mass destruction . The charges against him are the result of an investigation by the U.S. Postal Inspection Service. The prosecution of this case has been assigned to Assistant U.S. Attorney Daniel J. Graber.

WAUSAU MAN CHARGED WITH ILLEGALLY POSSESSING FIREARMS

Julian Alvarez, 30, Wausau, Wis., is charged with being a felon in possession of firearms and ammunition. The indictment alleges that on October 5, 2012, he possessed three 9mm handguns and a .45 caliber handgun, as well as 9mm ammunition.

If convicted, Alvarez faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in federal prison. The charge against him is the result of an investigation by the Wausau Police Department, Marathon County Sheriff's Department, and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. The prosecution of this case has been assigned to Assistant U.S. Attorney David J. Reinhard.

Updated July 14, 2015