MADISON, WIS. – Timothy M. O’Shea, Performing United States Legal professional for the Western District of Wisconsin, introduced that Kenneth J. Lawson, 32, La Crosse, Wisconsin, was sentenced now by U.S. District Choose William M. Conley to 9 several years in federal jail for armed theft and possessing a firearm in furtherance of a criminal offense of violence. This prison time period will be followed by 3 several years of supervised launch. Lawson pled responsible to these rates on May well 17, 2021.
On June 21, 2020, Lawson and a woman associate robbed the occupants of a La Crosse condominium. Lawson carried a loaded 9mm handgun. When the woman resident opened the door, Lawson grabbed her by the throat, strike her in the face, and pushed her to the floor. Lawson then attacked the male occupant, punching him numerous periods in the confront. During this altercation, Lawson’s gun fell from his waistband to the ground. Lawson and the male victim struggled about the gun. Inevitably, the male victim returned the gun to Lawson right after making certain that it was unloaded.
As soon as Lawson regained possession of the gun, he and the woman affiliate fled the condominium. Lawson accidentally left his cellphone and the loaded gun journal in the condominium. When officers arrived, they observed the two victims experienced suffered injuries from the assault and many things inside of the apartment ended up ruined.
La Crosse Police Division officers and the victims identified Lawson soon after browsing the mobile mobile phone he’d dropped during the attack and discovering his photos on his Instagram account. The handgun used in the robbery was found by La Crosse police officers a several times later on in the condominium the place Lawson lived.
At the time of the theft, Lawson was on Minnesota state supervision. He experienced numerous prior felony convictions and was prohibited from possessing a firearm.
In sentencing Lawson for the armed robbery and gun possession, Choose Conley noted the severity of the offense – a planned robbery to which Lawson brought a loaded gun and where the victims had been brutally attacked, suffering trauma and injuries. Choose Conley noted that the La Crosse robbery was part of Lawson’s very long history of violence.
The charges from Lawson were being the end result of an investigation done by the La Crosse Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. The La Crosse County District Attorney’s Business office also supplied guidance in this case. The prosecution of the scenario was dealt with by Assistant U.S. Legal professional Steven Anderson.