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SKETCHES: Jakubowski sentenced to 14 years for gun shop thefts

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Joseph Jakubowski sentenced Dec. 20, 2017 to 14 years in prison on federal gun charges. Illustration by Jim McKiernan Joseph Jakubowski sentenced Dec. 20, 2017 to 14 years in prison on federal gun charges. Illustration by Jim McKiernan

MADISON -- A Wisconsin man who stole a cache of firearms from a gun shop and sent a rambling anti-government manifesto to the White House before going on the run was sentenced today to 14 years in prison.

Joseph Jakubowski was convicted in September of two charges stemming from the April 4, 2017 theft. He faced up to 10 years in federal prison on each of the two counts when he was sentenced Wednesday.

The thefts of guns, magazines and bullets from Armageddon Supplies in Janesville set off a 10-day manhunt in April.

During sentencing, U.S. Judge William Conley and Jakubowski engaged in a long back-and-forth, with Conley asking about Jakubowski's motivation for the manifesto and his crimes, and Jakubowski retorting - sometimes angrily - about his disgust with the government.

Jakubowski maintained he stole the guns after being unconstitutionally barred from purchasing and possessing firearms as a convicted felon.  He also questioned the danger he posed as a fugitive, lashing out at precautions taken at schools during his run.


But Conley said Jakubowski often referenced he was willing to make a stand against the government he despises in the face of law enforcement efforts to capture him, saying that stance and elements of the manifesto could be interpreted as terrorism.

Jakubowski summed up his presentation with reference to revolutionary patriots:  "Give me freedom or give me death," and spewed an expletive to Conley.

Conley said Jakubowski was a "broken" man, who had an abusive and toxic childhood, with periods of abandonment and homelessness in his life.  Conley expressed hope Jakubowski's philosophies would mature over time.

U.S. Attorney for the Western District Scott Blader says Jakubowski's statements in court were revealing.

"I think it was a reaffirmation of Mr. Jakubowski's inability to try to understand what he actually did here,"  Blader says.  "He's unrepentant.  He's unremorseful,"  Blader says.

Jakubowski himself revealed that a psychiatric evaluation found him as schizoid, paranoid, with a personality disorder and alcoholism.  Jakubowski maintained his mental health information was compromised, and at least one reporter had gained access to it.

27 News interviewed Jakubowski Friday, when he maintained mental health evaluations had found him only "hardened."

Conley's sentence was two years shorter than the top end of a recommended range in Jakubowski's case, and six years less than the maximum sentence available.

Conley also made Jakubowski subject to a restitution order of more than $16,000 to the Janesville gun store owner, who testified he had no insurance to cover his theft losses.
 

Jakubowski still faces a pending case in Rock County court in connection with the gun store burglary.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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