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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, April 7, 2022

Madison Felon Sentenced to 12 Months for Illegally Possessing Ammunition

MADISON, WIS. – Timothy M. O’Shea, United States Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin, announced that Timme Baker, 42, Madison, Wisconsin was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge William M. Conley to 12 months and one day in federal prison for possessing ammunition as felon.  This prison term will be followed by 2 years of supervised release.

On March 15, 2021, Baker went to an indoor shooting range in Deerfield, Wisconsin where he rented a shooting lane. Baker presented his real identification to the shooting range employee and signed a waiver indicating that he agreed to follow any state and federal laws while at the range. Video footage from the shooting range showed Baker handling ammunition, loading a firearm, and firing several rounds. 

Baker is a nine-time convicted felon and has been federally prohibited from possessing ammunition and firearms since 1997. He has twice been convicted for illegally possessing a firearm as felon under Wisconsin law. At the time of this offense, Baker was on state bail in connection to unrelated charges of illegally possessing a firearm as a felon and resisting an officer.

In sentencing Baker, Judge Conley noted that Baker’s was “outrageous and incredibly stupid” given his long-standing prohibition against possessing firearms and ammunition. Judge Conley stated he felt responsible to impose a custodial sentence in light of Baker’s thoughtless conduct, which was “evidence he had learned little to nothing” from his past experiences.

The charge against Baker was a result of an investigation conducted by the Madison Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.  The prosecution of this case has been handled by Assistant United States Attorney Taylor L. Kraus. 

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