Firearm possession puts Appleton felon in prison

Posted at 9:12 AM, Mar 25, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-25 10:12:53-04

Kong Vang, 21 of Appleton, was sentenced Thursday to 60 months in federal prison by Chief U.S. District Judge William C. Griesbach. Vang previously entered a guilty plea to an indictment charging him with being a felon in possession of a firearm.

On May 25, 2015, a federal firearms licensed dealer in Oshkosh was burglarized and 11 firearms were stolen, according to Gregory J. Haanstad, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Wisconsin. Vang agreed to sell several of the firearms on behalf of the burglars in exchange for money or drugs. In pronouncing sentence, Chief Judge Griesbach noted the very serious nature of the offense, the number of stolen firearms involved, the defendant’s sale of firearms to individuals prohibited from purchasing them legally and the defendant’s prior criminal history for drug dealing.

The case was investigated by the Lake Winnebago Area Metropolitan Enforcement Group and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Daniel R. Humble.