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Onalaska Felon Sentenced to 69 Months for Possessing Firearm

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Western District of Wisconsin

MADISON, WIS. - Scott C. Blader, United States Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin, announced that Curtis Green, 39, Onalaska, Wisconsin, was sentenced today by Chief U.S. District Judge James D. Peterson to 57 months in federal prison for possessing a firearm as a felon, and an additional 12 months for revocation of his federal supervised release. This prison term will be followed by two years of supervised release.

The investigation in this case stems from a shooting that occurred in West Salem, Wisconsin, on October 26, 2019. Green was identified as a suspect in that shooting, and on October 31, 2019, officers executed a search warrant at his residence where they located a firearm and ammunition consistent with that used in the shooting. Green is facing state charges for his alleged participation in the shooting.  

At the time Green possessed the firearm, he was serving a term of supervised release in connection to a 2006 federal conviction in the Western District of Wisconsin for the theft of 38 firearms from a federally licensed firearms dealer. Judge Peterson revoked that supervision and sentenced Green to the additional 12 months.

In sentencing Green, Judge Peterson noted that Green’s possession of a firearm was aggravated because of his history of gun crime, which was made more serious by the fact he was on supervised release at the time. He noted that the crime was even further aggravated because he found by a preponderance of the evidence that Green possessed the firearm in connection to the shooting, and that Green posed a danger to the public.

The charge against Green was the result of an investigation conducted by the West Salem Police Department, La Crosse County Sheriff’s Department, and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. The prosecution of the case has been handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney Taylor L. Kraus. 

Updated August 7, 2020

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