Jakubowski faces more gun charges

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MADISON — A Janesville man accused of stealing firearms and sending a manifesto to President Donald Trump faces an additional federal charge of possession of firearms as a felon.

Joseph Jakubowski, 32, was indicted by a federal grand jury sitting in Madison with stealing 18 firearms and two silencers from Armageddon Supplies, Janesville, on April 4. The indictment also charges Jakubowski with being a felon in possession of these firearms and silencers.

Jakubowski was convicted in 2008 of the felony charge of disarming a law enforcement officer.

Jakubowski originally was charged in a complaint filed in U.S. District Court on April 7 with stealing two firearms and two silencers from Armageddon Supplies. Federal law requires that felony offenses be charged by an indictment returned by a grand jury within 30 days of the date a criminal complaint is filed. Jakubowski made an initial appearance in federal court on April 14. He will remain in federal custody pending his arraignment, which is scheduled for 9 a.m. April 25.

If convicted, Jakubowski faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison on each count.

The charges against him are the result of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation; Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; Rock County Sheriffs Department; Janesville Police Department; U.S. Secret Service; Wisconsin Department of Justice, Division of Criminal Investigation; and numerous other law enforcement agencies from Rock County and the surrounding area. The prosecution of the case is being handled by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Rita Rumbelow and Daniel Graber.

Jakubowski, who was arrested on April 14 on farm property near Readstown, Wisconsin after a nationwide manhunt, also faces charges in Rock County Circuit Court of burglary while armed, theft and possession of burglary tools.

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