Man sentenced to prison for illegally possessing firearm

Madison man was involved in armed home invasion

MADISON, Wis. - A Madison man who was involved in an armed home invasion has been sentenced to five years in prison for possessing a firearm as a convicted felon.

U.S. District Judge Barbara B. Crabb on Wednesday also sentenced Christopher Carthans, 24, to a three-year term of supervised release after he is released from prison.

Carthans pleaded guilty to the charge on Oct. 16, 2012.

On May 15, 2012, Carthans and others were involved in a violent, armed home invasion in Madison, according to a U.S. Department of Justice news release.

A neighbor called law enforcement and provided the license plate of the vehicle associated with the armed intruders. The Fitchburg Police Department, meanwhile, had an outstanding warrant for Marcus Johnson's arrest. Shortly after the home invasion, Fitchburg officers were looking for Johnson at an apartment complex. Johnson arrived, driving his girlfriend's van. Carthans, Darius Howard, and another individual were with Johnson, according to the release.

While the officers were arresting Johnson, Carthans fled and threw a pistol in a dumpster. Carthans was caught nearby and confessed to throwing the firearm in the dumpster, according to the release.

Officers also located a black 9mm pistol in the van. It was wrapped in a bloody T-shirt. Darius Howard, also a convicted felon, admitting wrapping the gun in the shirt, according to prosecutors. Howard was charged in a separate case and his sentencing hearing is scheduled for Jan. 29. Howard pleaded guilty to possessing a firearm as a felon, and possessing cocaine with intent to distribute.

Marcus Johnson has also been charged with possessing a firearm as a convicted felon and possessing cocaine with intent to distribute. He is scheduled for jury trial Jan. 28.

Carthans is scheduled to enter a guilty plea in Dane County Circuit Court on Thursday for his role in the home invasion, and other pending charges.

Crabb ordered that Carthans' five-year prison sentence be served consecutively to the sentence he will receive in Dane County for those offenses.

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