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

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Janesville Man Charged With Illegal Possession Of Ammunition

MADISON, WIS. – John W. Vaudreuil, United States Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin, announced today that Andrew Churchwell, 31, Janesville, Wis., was charged in an indictment returned by a federal grand jury sitting in Madison with being a felon in possession of ammunition.  The sealed indictment was returned by the grand jury yesterday, and was unsealed following Churchwell’s arrest in Janesville yesterday afternoon.

The indictment alleges that on June 9, 2014, Churchwell possessed .45 caliber ammunition and 7.62 x 39 mm caliber ammunition.  Federal law prohibits individuals who have been convicted of a felony from possessing ammunition.

Churchwell made an initial appearance in U.S. District Court in Madison today.  He was detained in custody, pending a full detention hearing, which is scheduled for July 22.  His trial is scheduled for November 3, before U.S. District Judge William M. Conley.

If convicted, Churchwell faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in federal prison.  The charge against him is the result of an investigation by the Janesville Police Department and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.  The prosecution of this case will be handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney Elizabeth Altman.

Updated July 14, 2015