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Eau Claire man sentenced to 24 months after revocation of supervised release

MADISON – Scott C. Blader, United States Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin, announced that Ontario Lowery, 39, Eau Claire, Wisconsin, was sentenced August 23 by Chief U.S. District Judge James D. Peterson to 24 months in federal prison after the second revocation of his supervised release.

On February 19, 2014, Lowery and others were indicted in the District of Utah for transporting individuals to engage in prostitution, among other crimes. Lowery pleaded guilty and on September 18, 2014, he was sentenced to 40 months in federal prison, to be followed by three years of supervised release. Lowery was released and his supervision began on March 30, 2016. His supervision was transferred to the Western District of Wisconsin.

On July 26, 2017, Lowery’s supervised release was revoked because he violated his conditions of supervised release by possessing and using marijuana and because of an OWI conviction. Lowery was sentenced to nine months in federal prison, to be followed by 18 months of supervised release. Lowery was released from incarceration and began his current term of supervised release on January 3, 2018.

During this second term of supervised release, Lowery again violated his conditions of release. After a contested hearing, Judge Peterson held that Lowery had committed violations, including committing the crime of terroristic threats by discharging a prop-firearm in a crowded bar in La Crosse, Wisconsin; possessing a controlled substance; and leaving the judicial district without permission. Judge Peterson sentenced Lowery to 24 months in prison, in part, for the protection of the community.

The conduct resulting in this revocation of supervised release was investigated by the La Crosse Police Department. The prosecution of the case has been handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney Darren C. Halverson. 

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