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

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

La Crosse Man Sentenced To 78 Month On Drug & Gun Charges

MADISON, WIS. --John W. Vaudreuil, United States Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin, announced that Jonathan Banaszkiewicz, 30, La Crosse, Wis., was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Lynn Adelman to 78 month in federal prison for possessing methamphetamine with intent to distribute and possession of a firearm during a drug trafficking crime. 

The firearm charge carried a mandatory minimum penalty of five years in prison.  Banaszkiewicz pleaded guilty to these charges on September 3, 2013.

On April 29, 2013, officers attempted to arrest Banaszkiewicz after he exited his home in La Crosse.  After observing the police, the defendant fled on foot and threw a .22 caliber pistol to the ground.  During his arrest, officers recovered five grams of methamphetamine in 15 separate bags in the defendant’s pocket. 

Banaszkiewicz admitted to law enforcement officers that he sold methamphetamine and possessed the firearm.  He has three prior felony convictions and was on felony probation for distribution of methamphetamine and possession of a firearm by a felon at the time of the offense. 

The charges against Banaszkiewicz were the result of an investigation conducted by the La Crosse Police Department.  The prosecution of the case has been handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney David J. Reinhard. 

Updated July 14, 2015