Madison Man Charged with Gun & Drug Crimes

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MADISON, WIS. – A Madison, Wisconsin man is charged with gun and drug crimes in an indictment returned on July 8, 2020 by a federal grand jury sitting in Madison.  The charges are announced by Timothy M. O’Shea, Acting United States Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin.

The indictment charges Robert L. Coney, 48, with being a felon in possession of ammunition and with possessing crack cocaine with intent to distribute.  The indictment alleges that he possessed the ammunition on May 3, 2020, and that he possessed crack cocaine on May 12, 2020.   

The indictment was unsealed following Coney’s arrest in Madison on Tuesday, September 28 by the U.S. Marshals Great Lakes Regional Fugitive Task Force with assistance from the Madison Police Department and the Dane County Sheriff’s Department.  

Coney made an initial appearance in U.S. District Court in Madison yesterday.  He remains in custody pending an arraignment and detention hearing, which has not been scheduled.  A trial date has been set for February 28, 2022, before U.S. District Judge William M. Conley.

If convicted, Coney faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in federal prison on the charge of being a felon in possession of ammunition and 20 years on the drug charge.  The charges against him are the result of an investigation by the Madison Police Department and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Julie Pfluger is handling the prosecution.

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You are advised that a charge is merely an accusation and that a defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

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