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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Superior Resident Sentenced To 15 Years As Armed Career Criminal

Madison, Wis. - John W. Vaudreuil, United States Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin, announced that Ker Yang, 31, Superior, Wis., was sentenced yesterday by Chief U.S. District Judge William M. Conley, to 15 years in federal prison for possession of a firearm by a felon.  Yang pleaded guilty to this charge on August 20, 2014.

On December 13, 2013, Yang knowingly possessed a shotgun.  Officers found the firearm during a consent search of a residence in Superior, occupied by the defendant and others.  The firearm was found in a lockbox and Yang told the officers where they could find the key to open the lockbox. 

Law enforcement obtained a state search warrant to obtain Yang’s fingerprints and DNA.  At the time the search warrant was executed, the defendant asked law enforcement why they were executing the warrant.  Yang was told that it was to compare his fingerprints and DNA to possible fingerprints and DNA on the firearm.  Yang responded that his fingerprints and DNA would be “all over” the firearm because he had handled it numerous times.  The DNA test results were submitted to the crime lab and there was a positive match to the defendant’s DNA.

In sentencing Yang, Judge Conley found that he was an armed career criminal because he had three qualifying violent felony convictions.  The court concluded that the defendant’s Minnesota convictions for (1) assault in the second degree and assault in the second degree for the benefit of a gang; (2) assault in the third degree; and (3) felony domestic assault qualified as violent felonies under the Armed Career Criminal Act, resulting in a statutory minimum mandatory 15-year prison term. 

The charge against Yang was the result of an investigation conducted by the Superior Police Department and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.  The prosecution of the case has been handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney Munish Sharda. 

Updated July 14, 2015