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MADISON—A 36-year-old Chippewa Falls man was sentenced on April 25 to federal prison for possessing firearms as a convicted felon.
According to Scott C. Blader, United States Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin, announced that Michael A. Raskie was sentenced by U.S. District Judge William M. Conley to three years followed by a three-year period of supervised released. Raskie pleaded guilty to this charge on January 14, 2019.
On September 22, 2018, Raskie was observed shoplifting at a Menards store in Eau Claire. He gave the loss prevention officer permission to retrieve the stolen items from his truck. Prior to doing so, the Eau Claire police were called. They knew Raskie is a felon, who was on probation. While he was retrieving the stolen items, the loss prevention officer saw a rifle case in Raskie’s truck. The loss prevention officer told Eau Claire police that there appeared to be a rifle in the case. The officers searched the truck and located methamphetamine, numerous rounds of ammunition, a homemade suppressor, a bump stock, a .45 caliber handgun, and an AR-15 rifle.
Judge Conley rejected Raskie’s request for an 18-month sentence because the firearms and ammunition were “high powered” and because Raskie accessorized them with the suppressor and bump stock.
This case was brought as part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), the U. S. Justice Department’s program to reduce violent crime. The PSN approach involves collaboration by federal, state and local law enforcement agencies, prosecutors and communities to prevent and deter gun violence.