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Wisconsin judge sentences one-time fugitive to 14 years

By Daniel Uria

Dec. 20 (UPI) -- A judge sentenced a Wisconsin man who was the subject of a nationwide manhunt in April to 14 years in federal prison Wednesday.

U.S. District Judge William Conley delivered the sentence for Joseph Jakubowski, 33, for stealing 18 firearms and two silencers from a Janesville gun shop and illegally possessing guns because he is a felon.

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"Give me freedom or give me death," Jakubowski said before the judge handed down the sentence.

Jakubowski was captured 10 days after leading a national manhunt on April 4 when officials said he stole the weapons and other materials before burning his vehicle and mailing President Donald Trump a 161-page manifesto of anti-government complaints.

He has refused to tell authorities the location of more than a dozen guns that remain unrecovered following his capture.

"As far as the guns, you ain't getting them," he told the judge at his hearing.

U.S. attorney Scott Blader wrote a sentencing memorandum stating Jakubowski represents a risk to the public.

"Jakubowski's history and characteristics reveal that he is a danger to the community and he needs to be incarcerated for a significant period of time to protect the public," he wrote.

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