Madison Man Sentenced to 4 Years for Illegal Gun Possession

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MADISON, WIS. – Timothy M. O’Shea, United States Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin, announced that Tyrone L. Jackson, 55, Madison, Wisconsin was sentenced today by Chief U.S. District Judge James D. Peterson to 4 years in federal prison for possessing a firearm in a school zone. This prison term will be followed by 1 year of supervised release. Jackson pleaded guilty to this charge on January 24, 2022.

On July 6, 2020, Madison Police Department officers were dispatched to investigate an incident involving a firearm at Brittingham Park in Madison.  A parking enforcement officer reported hearing a gun shot and observing six to eight people scatter to different vehicles.  A passerby told the officer that someone had fired a gun.  Multiple witnesses reported observing a physical altercation between individuals. 

Officers spoke with the reporting party who said he was at the park with his nephew when Jackson arrived.  He said Jackson leaned over the top of his vehicle’s hood and pointed a black handgun at him. 

A loaded Sig-Sauer .45 caliber handgun was found on the ground under bushes in the area.  Analysis by the Wisconsin State Crime Laboratory identified Jackson’s DNA on the Sig-Sauer.  Jackson was determined to have been within 1,000 feet of One City Schools’ campus when he possessed the firearm and was also prohibited from possessing a firearm based on prior felony convictions.  At the time of the incident, Jackson was on state probation for a prior conviction for being a felon in possession of a firearm. 

In imposing sentence, Judge Peterson noted Jackson’s lengthy criminal history, including a prior history with firearms.  Judge Peterson said that Jackson’s behavior, including possessing the gun to intimidate someone, was risky and dangerous. 

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The charge against Jackson was the result of an investigation conducted by the Madison Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.  Assistant U.S. Attorneys Julie Pfluger and Steven Anderson prosecuted this case. 

This case has been 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.