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Amery man sentenced for gun crime

MADISON – John W. Vaudreuil, United States Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin, announced that Christopher Gates, 28, Amery, Wis., was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge James Peterson to 36 months in federal prison for being a felon in possession of a firearm.  Gates pleaded guilty to this charge on February 19, 2016.

Gates, a three-time convicted felon, possessed a firearm between January 31 and February 7, 2015.  Gates took possession of the firearm as collateral for a debt owed to him, and he sold the firearm on February 7.  The firearm was a semiautomatic weapon with a large capacity magazine.

During the sentencing hearing, Judge Peterson admonished Gates for facilitating the circulation of a dangerous weapon.

The charge against Gates was the result of an investigation conducted by the Polk County Sheriff’s Office, Amery Police Department, and Federal Bureau of Investigation.  The prosecution of this case has been handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney Antonio M. Trillo.