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Joseph Jakubowski: Wisconsin man who stole 20 firearms sentenced to 14 years

He gave the judge an ultimatum
Posted at 3:02 PM, Dec 20, 2017
and last updated 2017-12-20 18:11:50-05

MADISON — The Janesville man wanted in a 10-day manhunt after stealing 20 weapons, will spend 14 years in prison.

Joseph Jakubowskiwas sentenced Wednesday by U.S. District Just William Conley. He asked the judge to either free him or execute him.

He had eluded authorities for 10 days after the theft. He claimed he ran away just "to be free."

Jakubowski sent a rambling anti-government manifesto he sent to the White House back in April.

The owner of Armageddon Supplies made a victim impact statement, saying insurance did not cover was stolen, and he wants to know where all the missing guns are.

When it was Jakubowski’s turn to speak, he said, “You ain’t getting them.”

Thirteen firearms, including a machine gun, are still missing. A silencer is also still missing.

“And the fact that he doesn’t recognize that even to this day shows a great deal of his unrepentant nature,” said Scott Blader, U.S. Attorney, Western District of Wisconsin.

The manhunt that followed and the 161-page manifesto he sent to the president was not mentioned during the trial.

Jakubowski said he felt wronged by the government and claimed he took the weapons for protection.

He faces another jury trial next month in Rock County Court. He is charged with three felonies related to the gun store burglary.