La Crosse man sentenced to 30 months for possessing gun as a felon

Robert Powell

MADISON, Wis. (WKBT) – Robert J. Powell IV, 29, of La Crosse was sentenced Thursday to 30 months in prison for possessing ammunition as a felon.

City security cameras showed Powell removing a handgun from his waistband and shooting it into the air during a street fight in downtown La Crosse at about 1:30 a.m. on July 28, 2019. Powell fled the scene, and one .380 shell casing and one round of .380 ammunition were recovered, police said.

Powell pleaded guilty to the charge on Oct. 10, 2019. Although the firearm Powell used was never recovered, federal law prohibits felons from possessing ammunition. Powell has two felony convictions — for manufacture/delivery of marijuana and possession of marijuana.

The charge against Powell was the result of an investigation conducted by the La Crosse Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. U.S. District Judge James Peterson delivered the sentence.