MADISON -- A federal grand jury in the Western District of Wisconsin, sitting in Madison, returned the following indictments today. You are advised that a charge is merely an accusation and that a defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.
The maximum statutory sentence is prescribed by Congress and is provided here for informational purposes. If convicted, the sentencing of a defendant will be determined by the court based on the advisory Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.
Fitchburg Man Charged with Robberies & Gun Crime
Anthony D. Jones, 30, Fitchburg, Wisconsin, is charged with two robberies and brandishing a firearm during a crime of violence. The indictment alleges that Jones robbed the BP gas station on Pflaum Road in Madison, Wisconsin on April 26, 2018, and that he brandished a firearm during this crime of violence. The third count of the indictment charges him with robbing the Old National Bank on Monona Drive in Monona, Wisconsin on April 30, 2018.
Jones was arrested on April 30. He was charged with these crimes in a complaint filed in U.S. District Court in Madison on May 2. He made an initial appearance in federal court on May 2 and his arraignment is scheduled for May 10 at 9:30 a.m. He has been held in custody since his arrest. 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.
If convicted, Jones faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in federal prison on the armed robbery charge and 10 years on the bank robbery charge. The charge of brandishing a firearm during a crime of violence carries a mandatory minimum penalty of seven years and a maximum of life in prison. Federal law requires that any penalty imposed for this charge be served consecutive to any sentence imposed on the armed robbery charge.
The charges against Jones are the result of an investigation by the Madison and Monona Police Departments, Wisconsin State Patrol, and Federal Bureau of Investigation. The prosecution of this case is being handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney Rita M. Rumbelow.
Madison Woman Charged with Gun Crime
Jessi Hodges, also known as Jessi Roquemore, 38, Madison, Wisconsin, is charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm. The indictment alleges that on April 3, 2018, she possessed a 9mm pistol.
If convicted, Hodges faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in federal prison. The charge against her is the result of an investigation by the Madison Police Department, Dane County Sheriff’s Office, U.S. Postal Inspection Service, and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. The prosecution of this case is being handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney Rita M. Rumbelow.
The indictments charging Jones and Hodges were brought as part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program that has been historically successful in bringing together all levels of law enforcement to reduce violent crime and make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has made turning the tide of rising violent crime in America a top priority. In October 2017, as part of a series of actions to address this crime trend, Attorney General Sessions announced the reinvigoration of PSN and directed all U.S. Attorney’s Offices to develop a district crime reduction strategy that incorporates the lessons learned since PSN launched in 2001.
Ashland Man Charged with Methamphetamine Crime
Steven Gwiazda, 37, Ashland, Wisconsin, is charged with possessing 50 grams or more of methamphetamine with intent to distribute. The indictment alleges that he possessed the methamphetamine on March 29, 2018.
If convicted, Gwiazda faces a mandatory minimum penalty of five years and a maximum of 40 years in federal prison. The charge against him is the result of an investigation by the West Central Drug Task Force. The prosecution of this case is being handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney Aaron Wegner.
Mexican National Charged with Illegally Reentering U.S.
Osmar Nucamendi-Arguello, 22, a citizen of Mexico found in Fitchburg, Wisconsin, is charged with illegally reentering the United States after previously being deported. The indictment alleges that he was found in the United States on May 2, 2018.
If convicted, Nucamendi-Arguello faces a maximum penalty of two years in federal prison. The charge against him is the result of an investigation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. The prosecution of this case is being handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney Rita M. Rumbelow.