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

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Madison Man Sentenced For Illegally Possessing A Firearm

Madison, Wis. - John W. Vaudreuil, United States Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin, announced that Christopher Carthans, 24, Madison, Wis., was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Barbara B. Crabb to five years in prison, followed by a three-year term of supervised release, for possessing a firearm as a convicted felon. Carthans pleaded guilty to this charge on October 16, 2012.

On May 15, 2012, Carthans and others were involved in a violent, armed home invasion in Madison. A neighbor called law enforcement and provided the license plate of the vehicle associated with the armed intruders. The Fitchburg Police Department, meanwhile, had an outstanding warrant for Marcus Johnson’s arrest. Shortly after the home invasion, Fitchburg officers were looking for Johnson at an apartment complex. Johnson arrived, driving his girlfriend’s van. Carthans, Darius Howard, and another individual were with Johnson.

While the officers were arresting Johnson, Carthans fled and threw a pistol in a dumpster. Carthans was caught nearby and confessed to throwing the firearm in the dumpster.

Officers also located a black 9mm pistol in the van. It was wrapped in a bloody t-shirt. Darius Howard, also a convicted felon, admitting wrapping the gun in the shirt. Howard was charged in a separate case and his sentencing hearing is scheduled for January 29, 2013 at 1:00 p.m. Howard pleaded guilty to possessing a firearm as a felon, and possessing cocaine with intent to distribute.

Marcus Johnson has also been charged with possessing a firearm as a convicted felon and possessing cocaine with intent to distribute. He is scheduled for jury trial January 28, 2013.

Carthans is scheduled to enter a guilty plea in Dane County Circuit Court tomorrow for his role in the home invasion, and other pending charges. Judge Crabb ordered that Carthans’ five-year sentence be served consecutively to the sentence he will receive in Dane County for those offenses.

The charge against Carthans was the result of an investigation conducted by the Madison Police Department, Fitchburg Police Department, and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. The prosecution of the case has been handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney Rita M. Rumbelow.

Updated July 14, 2015