Jury finds Jakubowski guilty in armed burglary trial

Jury finds Jakubowki guilty in armed burglary trial

JANESVILLE, Wis. - A Rock County jury found the man accused of breaking into a Janesville gun store and stealing firearms last April guilty on all charges Tuesday. 

Joseph Jakubowski, 33, was found guilty in a two-day trial on charges of burglary while armed with a dangerous weapon, theft of movable property and possession of burglarious tools in the April 4 burglary at Armageddon Supplies on W. Highway 14 in the town of Janesville. 

It took the jury about 90 minutes to deliberate before returning with the guilty verdicts.

Prosecuting attorney Richard Sullivan said he "certainly believes" the jury came to the right conclusion.



Jakubowski has already been convicted in federal court on similar charges. He was sentenced to 14 years in federal prison in December.

Jakubowski said he took 18 firearms from Armageddon Supplies in Janesville last April. He mailed a rambling anti-government manifesto to the White House and went on the run. He was captured 10 days later 130 miles away in western Wisconsin where he told the landowner he just wanted to live "off the grid."

Rock County Judge James Daley scheduled the sentencing hearing for 3 p.m. on Feb. 28. Jakubowski faces up to 24 1/2 years in prison. The judge will decide if he will serve time concurrently or consecutive to his 14-year federal sentence.

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