A federal judge in Madison sentenced Jonathan Banaszkiewicz, 30, of La Crosse Wednesday to 6 and half years in federal prison for possessing methamphetamine with intent to distribute and possession of a firearm during a drug trafficking crime.
The firearm charge carried a mandatory minimum penalty of five years in prison. Banaszkiewicz pleaded guilty on September 3, 2013.
On April 29, 2013, officers attempted to arrest Banaszkiewicz after he exited his home in La Crosse. After observing the police, Banaszkiewicz ran and threw a .22 caliber pistol to the ground. During his arrest, officers recovered five grams of methamphetamine in 15 separate bags in the defendant’s pocket.
Banaszkiewicz admitted to law enforcement officers that he sold methamphetamine and possessed the firearm. He has three prior felony convictions and was on felony probation for distribution of methamphetamine and possession of a firearm by a felon at the time of the offense.
The charges against Banaszkiewicz were the result of an investigation conducted by the La Crosse Police Department.