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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Tomah Man Sentenced For Illegal Possession Of Firearm

MADISON, WIS. --John W. Vaudreuil, United States Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin, announced that Shelton Hughes, 23, Tomah, Wis., was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Barbara B. Crabb to 37 months in federal prison for being a drug user in possession of a firearm.  Hughes pleaded guilty to this crime on September 3, 2013.

Between March 22 and 23, 2013, Hughes stole and then pawned three firearms in Monroe County, Wis.  Local law enforcement officers and agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives conducted an investigation of the stolen guns, which were traced back to Hughes’ activities.  Hughes admitted stealing the firearms, being a drug addict, and pawning the guns to pay for drugs.

At sentencing, based on his long list of criminal convictions, Judge Crabb rejected Hughes’ request for an 18-month prison term.

The case against Hughes was the result of an investigation conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Tomah Police Department.  The prosecution of the case has been handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney Paul W. Connell. 

Updated July 14, 2015