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

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Madison Man Sentenced To 4 Years For Gun Crime

MADISON, WIS. -- John W. Vaudreuil, United States Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin, announced that Cortez Brooks, 22, Madison, Wis., was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge William M. Conley to four years in federal prison, followed by a three-year period of supervised release, for unlawfully possessing a loaded pistol as a convicted felon. Brooks pleaded guilty to this charge on December 19, 2013.

Brooks was a passenger in a car that was stopped for a traffic violation on August 26, 2013, at approximately 12:50 a.m.  Brooks and the driver ignored a command to remain in the vehicle, and they both fled. 

A squad car video showed that deputies were able to use a taser on Brooks, but Brooks was not deterred.  Brooks refused to show his hands and he kept them near his waistband.  Brooks eventually fled again and deputies could see a handgun in his hand.  A K-9 unit was called to the scene and Brooks was located in the vicinity approximately one hour later.  The taser prongs were in his skin and a loaded 9mm pistol, with one round in the chamber, was nearby.

Brooks has an extensive criminal history and in August 2013 he was on probation for three separate Dane County offenses.  His probation for those offenses has been revoked and Judge Conley ordered the four-year federal sentence to run consecutively to Brooks’ state sentences. 

The charge against Brooks was the result of an investigation conducted by the Dane County Sheriff's Department.  The prosecution of the case has been handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney Rita M. Rumbelow. 

Updated July 14, 2015