MADISON, WIS. – Scott C. Blader, United States Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin, announced that Rojae A. Crosse, 23, Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, was sentenced today by Chief U.S. District Judge James D. Peterson to 5 months in prison for possessing a firearm as a felon. When imposing the sentence, Judge Peterson considered that Crosse has been in custody for the past 10 months on state charges and unable to bond out because of the pending federal charges. Crosse pleaded guilty to this federal offense on July 17, 2020.
On April 29, 2019, law enforcement officers were trying to locate a vehicle that they believed was involved in an armed robbery. They saw the vehicle at a Mobil gas station in Sun Prairie and one squad car pulled in front of it as another squad car pulled in behind it. Crosse got out of the vehicle and as the officers parked, he started running, and officers chased him. During the chase, officers saw Crosse take off a leather jacket and drop it on the ground. Officers found a firearm in the inside pocket of the jacket. Crosse was previously convicted of a felony and as a result, it was illegal for him to have a gun.
The charge against Crosse was the result of an investigation conducted by the Madison Police Department, Sun Prairie Police Department, and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. The prosecution of the case has been handled by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Elizabeth Altman and Timothy M. O’Shea.