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Rusk County man sentenced to federal prison

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UPDATE: A Rusk County man is going to prison for possessing meth with the intent to distribute it.

James Unser, 60, of rural Ladysmith was sentenced Wednesday by U.S. District Judge William Conley to six years in federal prison.

According to the DOJ, on November 16, 2016, Unser was arrested in Dunn County and found to be in possession of 57 grams of methamphetamine.  While out on bond for that case, he continued to sell drugs, and on December 30, 2017, he was arrested in Rusk County with 120 grams of methamphetamine.

He pleaded guilty on March 21, 2018.

Related Story: Unser faces charges.

When he is released from prison, he will have four years of supervised release.


Posted February 2018
UPDATE: 
James Unser, 59, Ladysmith, who has already been federally indicted, now faces new charges.

Unser is charged with being a felon in possession of firearms, and three counts of possessing methamphetamine with intent to distribute. The previous indictment alleges that two of the methamphetamine counts involve the possession of 50 grams or more of the drug. 

The previous indictment alleges that on a date between July and November 2016, Unser possessed two 30-30 caliber level action rifles, a 22 caliber single-shot rifle, and methamphetamine on November 30 and December 1, 2016 and on December 30, 2017. 

Unser was charged in an indictment returned by the grand jury on January 24, 2018, with one count of possessing 50 grams or more of methamphetamine with intent to distribute. 

If convicted, Unser faces a mandatory minimum penalty of five years and a maximum of 40 years in federal prison on the two counts alleging 50 grams or more of methamphetamine, a maximum of 20 years on the other methamphetamine count, and a maximum of 10 years on the felon in possession of firearms count. 

The charges against him are the result of an investigation by the Rusk, Dunn, Taylor and Chippewa County Sheriffs’ Departments and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.  The prosecution of this case is being handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney Elizabeth Altman.


Posted January 24, 2018
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Two men from western Wisconsin are being indicted by a federal grand jury on meth charges.

Jason Ressel, 43, from Eau Claire is charged with distributing methamphetamine on September 15, 2017, distributing 50 grams or more of meth on September 20 and possessing 500 grams or more of meth, with intent to distribute, on September 22.

If convicted, Ressel faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in federal prison on the distributing charge, a mandatory minimum of 5 years and a maximum of 40 years on the charge of distributing 50 grams or more and a mandatory minimum of 10 years to a maximum of life on the charge of possessing 500 grams or more. 

His charges stem from an investigation by the West Central Drug Task Force.

James Unser, 59, of Ladysmith is charged with possessing 50 grams or more of meth. The indictment alleges that he possessed the meth on December 30, 2017. News 18 reported on the case earlier this month.

Unser was charged with this offense in a complaint filed in U.S. District Court on January 17. According to the complaint, Unser was arrested in Rusk County on December 30, 2017, following a traffic stop of a vehicle in which Unser was a passenger.  The complaint alleged that packages of meth were found in the vehicle under Unser’s seat. 

Unser made an initial appearance in U.S. District Court in Madison on January 18, and his arraignment is scheduled for January 26.  Federal law requires that felony offenses be charged by an indictment returned by a grand jury within 30 days of the date a criminal complaint is filed. 

If convicted, Unser faces a mandatory minimum penalty of five years and a maximum penalty of 40 years in federal prison. The charge against him is the result of an investigation by the Rusk County Sheriff’s Department.  The prosecution of this case is being handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney Elizabeth Altman.

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