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Rhinelander Man Sentences to 3 Years for Possessing Firearm as Felon

06 May News

A Rhinelander man will get federal prison time after pleading guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm.

US Attorney John Vaudreuil announced that Christopher Whittaker will receive 3 years in federal prison followed by 3 years of supervised release.

Whittaker was charged last October after officials discovered he was in possession of a Ruger .22 caliber rifle. Because the 29 year old had previously been convicted of multiple felonies included vehicle hijacking and child abuse, he was not allowed possession of a firearm.

He pleaded guilty to the possession charge earlier this year, and had remained in custody since that time. He was sentenced Friday in Federal court, in the Western District of Wisconsin.