Eleven-Time Felon Sentenced to 72 Months for Possessing Firearm

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MADISON, WIS. – Timothy M. O’Shea, Acting United States Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin, announced that Almondo Baker, 40, La Crosse, Wisconsin, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge William M. Conley to 72 months in federal prison for unlawfully possessing a loaded firearm as a convicted felon.  Baker pleaded guilty to this charge on May 4, 2021.

The charge in this case stemmed from an individual reporting to law enforcement that Baker drove to the individual’s residence on June 22, 2020, displayed a handgun, and verbally threatened them.  Law enforcement then located and searched the vehicle Baker was driving and found a loaded .45 caliber Ruger handgun with a bullet in the chamber.  This handgun had previously been reported stolen.   

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Baker was previously convicted of 11 different felonies including illegal possession of a firearm as a felon.  Judge Conley emphasized Baker’s criminal history and his threatening behavior in this case before imposing the 72-month sentence.  

The charge against Baker was the result of an investigation conducted by the La Crosse Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.  The prosecution of the case was handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney Zachary J. Corey.

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