Man sentenced for gun crime following Fitchburg attack

Chicago man sentenced to 7 years in prison

A Chicago man was sentenced to prison Monday for unlawfully possessing a loaded handgun as a convicted felon. 

Shaon Arch, 29, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Barbara B. Crabb to seven years in prison, followed by a three-year period of supervised release.

Arch pleaded guilty to the charge on June 20.

On Sept. 27, 2010, Fitchburg police were called to an apartment regarding a domestic disturbance. In the apartment were Arch and his girlfriend. According to the girlfriend, Arch put a loaded pistol in her mouth and threatened to shoot her. 

She was able to stab him in the hand with a pair of scissors. Police noticed blood throughout the apartment and they found the loaded pistol hidden in a closet.

Arch’s DNA was identified on the pistol, according to a news release from the Wisconsin Department of Justice.

Arch has been in custody since Sept. 27, 2010. He suffers from severe mental illness for which he was treated at a federal medical facility during the past two years.

Doctors were able to restore Arch’s competency through the involuntary administration of anti-psychotic medication, but he recently began refusing to take his medication again at the Dane County Jail, according to the news release.

Arch assured the judge that he understood the sentencing proceeding, and that he quit taking his medication because it made his muscles twitch. Arch asked for a sentence of probation, but the judge was not convinced that he would continue to take his medication in a non-custodial setting.

Based on Arch’s extensive and violent criminal history, the judge determined that he presents a very serious danger to the community. 

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